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joint product of ceremony-obsessed medieval cul- 
ture, the Roman Catholic Church, and guilds of 
. physicians, theologians, and lawyers whose mem- 
bers had just discovered that they constituted a class of per- 
sons to be taken seriously, the university has never lacked for 
rite, pomp, and strut. 

The first significant universities, such as those founded in 
the early 13th century in Paris (awarding licenses in theol- 
ogy, philosophy, and logic) and Bologna (civil and canon 
law), were awash with standards for dress, language (Latin in 
every circumstance), and what the University of Paris called 
"the accustomed order in lectures and disputations." That 
order included a 4 a.m. wake-up call, lectures at 5, Mass at 
6, followed by "disputes," lectures, "repetitions" of lectures, 
disputes, more repetitions, and a 9 p.m. bed call. The lectures 
themselves were also conducted according to fixed custom, in 
large halls with the professor enthroned front and center in a 
raised "magisterial chair." Just below him sat the wealthier and 
nobler of students in chairs with armrests, while the hoi polloi 
were arrayed behind them on backless wood benches or on 
the floor and windowsills when bench space ran out. (At some 
universities, lecture hall windows were placed so the learned 
doctor could gaze upon a pastoral scene, and thus nourish his 
powers of memory.) 

Commencement — or "inception," as it was first called — 
was likewise a choreographed public occasion, beginning 
with the oral examination that led to a doctoral degree (the 
only degree offered, and which was required only for those 
who intended to become teachers themselves). These final 
exams set a committee of scholars behind a table to question 
the would-be doctor seated in a chair across the room, and 
were conducted before a public audience whose members 
were known to shout insults at the candidate if they found his 
responses wanting. 

Safely past this challenge, soon-to-be doctors were parad- 
ed on horseback to the local cathedral (or church if no cathe- 
dral was local) led by trumpeters, mace : bearers, and "players 
on the fife." A procession of faculty and students followed, 
each clad in the robe and colors appropriate to his academic 
station. In solemn ceremonies at the cathedral, the gradu- 
ate was handed, in succession, his "license" to practice, an 
open book (symbolizing the need for continued learning), a 
closed book (learning did not come from reading alone), 
a suitable cap (red for law, black for theology, variants of blue 
for medicine), and a ring to be worn as a sign he had wed his 

discipline. And then, having been kissed on both cheeks by 
the senior scholar conferring the degree, the new doctor was 
escorted in a torchlight procession to a banquet hall, where all 
the party ate and drank late into the night at his considerable 
expense. Across Europe this general order of the day took on 
local colorings. Sweden added cannon fire to the proceedings. 
At Louvain, the candidates were carried by hand in an ornate 
chair. In Spain, the new graduate was presented with a sword 
and gold spurs in addition to the tchotchkes described above; 
in return he was obliged to furnish his friends with a bullfight 
in addition to the feast. In Vienna, the graduate had to spruce 
up on the eve of his ceremony, an act known as "the ordeal 
of the bath," which was not a reflection of medieval views of 
bathing but a deliberate reference to the trials of a squire seek- 
ing knighthood, which began, mundanely, with a bath. 

Over the next two centuries, universities changed, custom 
faded to routine, and the rituals that attended commence- 
ments were either dropped or adapted to suit non-medieval 
likings. In the American colonies, where Congregationalist 
sensibilities held sway, commencement rituals were seen to 
smack of popery, inappropriate pride, and rank European 
decadence. In 1701, Increase Mather tried, unsuccessfully, 
to convince Yale officials to do away with the ceremonies, 
arguing that they "proved very expensive & are occasion of 
much sin" (two complaints that persist); while Harvard, which 
was in fact Mather's alma mater, did not regularly schedule 
commencement exercises until the 1 760s. When American 
universities did hold such ceremonies in colonial times, they 
were generally private affairs for students and faculty, and 
often occurred — anti-climactically, one would suppose — in 
the September following completion of studies. 

In the mid- 18th century, however, one of those periodic 
fevers of cultural panic so well known to Americans seized 
the landed and monied classes, who wondered how, in a 
country with no fixed distinctions of rank, they could continue 
to preserve the privileges of class. University education was 
one answer — the earned degree distinguishing future leaders 
from future followers. And with that comforting thought, the 
need for a tradition of public commencement ceremonies — 
"attended by a vast concourse of the politest company," as 
John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey 
(later, Princeton) noted — suddenly became apparent. 

Our story on refinements made this year to Boston 
College's commencement traditions begins on page 20. 




From "In the Year 2030," pg. 12 


12 IN THE YEAR 2030 

Will Europe become the "colony of Islam" 
that some predict? A hard look at the future 
By Jonathan Laurence 


The road to Commencement 
Photographs by Lee Pellegrini 


A woman's search for the lost mother of 
her lost father 
By Suzanne Berne 

ON the cover: Alumni Stadium on May 24, two hours 
before the processions. Photograph by Lee Pellegrini 

2 Letters 

4 Linden 

Campus digest • 
Celebrating a jazz legend 

• WakeMate beckons • 
Love and death in 

the second half of life 

• A model patient 

36 G21 

40 End 


Coming of age on the 
waterfront • Working 
with Conan, seriously 
• The messy reality 
of health care costs • 
Thoreau's apple trees 

The Catholic South rises 
• The last 40 years of 
Christian-Jewish relations 

50 Glass 

76 Inqnirin 


Young Madison's hand- 
written law notes 

77 Works 
& Days 

War historian 
Marisa Cochrane 
Sullivan '07 



"Living the Journey" — read selected conference papers 
and view seiected v talks (pg. 9) • "Commencement 
Close-up," the 134th Commencement Day, cap- 
tured by four graduating seniors with video cameras 
(pg. 20) • "The Future Church," a talk by Vatican cor- 
respondent John Allen (pg. 36) • "Is This the Golden 
Age in Jewish-Catholic Relations?" — Bishop Richard 
J. Sklba's conference keynote adress (pg. 38) • "An 
Evening with Conan's Writers"— a joint interview 
with Brian Kiley '83 and Brian AAcCann '87 (pg. 43) • 
Physician Atul Gawande's Lowell Humanities Lecture, 
"Facing the Complexity of Health Care" (pg. 44) 

• "Googled," a collection of writings and video pre- 
sentations by Marisa Cochrane Sullivan '07 (pg. 77) 

• reader's list: Books by alumni, faculty, and staff 

• headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Ake 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 

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William Bole did a wonderful job in 
"Sally's Calculation: How to Make a Math- 
ematician" (Summer 2010), capturing 
Paul Sally's personality, presence, and 
devotion to mathematics, which extends 
to all levels. 

When I was a young mathematician at 
the University of Oklahoma, Paul encour- 
aged me to work on the projects that 
eventually drew the attention of Boston 
College. No doubt he was consulted when 
I was hired, because we always ask Paul 
for frank assessments of candidates in 
number theory, which is now one of the 
strengths of the math department. 

I met Paul 20 years ago; he had one 
eye and two legs then. During a visit to 
Chicago soon after his first amputation, I 
told Paul that the mushy thud of his new 
leg down the hallway conjured evil stalking 
on a foggy night. He was delighted: "Hey, 
I'm the London Squisher!" 

When the other leg went, he called it 
"Sally Symmetrization" and got back to 
work. By the 2007 MIT lecture mentioned 
in the article, Paul was almost blind in his 
remaining eye. Unaided, he charged like 
the Bionic Man up the stairs to the lecture 
room, then sat on a table dangling his tita- 
nium legs, speaking about supercuspidal 
representations from memory while his 
wife, Judy, monitored from his notes. 

Mark Reeder 

Boston College 

The writer is a professor of mathematics. 

Readers might imagine that William Bole 
painted a larger than life picture of Paul 
Sally. I can assure them that it was a mod- 
est portrait. Sally's impact on mathematics 
and mathematics education has been amaz- 
ing. He can serve as an inspiration to us all, 
especially college professors. 

Rather than complaining about the 
education our children and students 
receive in K-12 schools, we should do 
something about it. What Sally has done 
with the Chicago Public Schools is the 

stuff of legend. The fact that he is an excel- 
lent mathematician belies the myth that 
outstanding research and service to the 
community are incompatible for faculty. 

I also enjoyed reading about the new 
Ph.D. program in the department of math- 
ematics. I know many of the faculty well 
and they are a strong group who will pro- 
duce excellent Ph.D.s. Boston College has 
much to be proud of in the past, present, 
and future of its department. 

David Manderscheid 

Lincoln, Nebraska 

The writer is professor of mathematics and 
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 

William Bole provided a lively portrait 
of a remarkable man. Missing, however, 
was mention of Paul Sally's teaching at 
Boston College. 

During his time as a Brandeis Ph.D. 
student, Paul was a sort of pied piper 
to BC math majors. His yearlong "Modern 
Algebra" course at the Heights was leg- 
endary. There was good mathematics, 
carried home by his love for the subject, 
together with encouragement and utter 
respect for his students. Many of us 
who have enjoyed careers in the math- 
ematical sciences owe him a large measure 
of thanks. 

None of us, I dare say not even Sally 
himself, could have predicted in the early 
1 960s the accomplishments that lay 
ahead. Paul Sally has had a magnificent 
career in one of America's elite mathemat- 
ics departments. His research contribu- 
tions are central, strong, and deep, and he 
has been a leader among mathematicians 
influencing the teaching of mathematics. 

If Sally had had a comparable stint 
with the Celtics, they would have retired 
his jersey. 

Philip A. Leonard '64 

Tempe, Arizona 

The writer is a professor of mathematics at 
Arizona State University. 

BCM -;;<• SUMMER 20IO 

I know a few graduate students (including 
yours truly) who might not have received 
their advanced degrees from Boston 
College without Paul Sally's help in the 
early 1 960s. 

Mr. Bole makes reference to Paul's 
basketball prowess. In truth, Paul had one 
of the best hook shots in New England, 
right up there with Tommy Heinsohn. Ol 
course, like Tommy, once Paul got the 
ball you never got it back. 

Leo Power '56. MA'64, MBA72 

Brookline, Massachusetts 

The writer retired in 2005 as director of 
Boston College's Institute for Scientific 

Yo, Bole. Thanks for "Sally's Calculation." 

The distinctive Paul Sally pedagogy you 
witnessed in Chicago I recall in shadowy 
formation plied on my school chums and 
me his rookie season at Boston College 
High School. Challenge questions and 
brainstorm groups, certainly, but also 
basketball. In Paul's mind, basketball is five 
active players against five opposing players 
and substitutions in myriad combinations 
and permutations of movement against 
time. It's man on man and triangle and 
two and box and one inside a rectangle. 
It's a round solid describing a parabolic 
arc deflected off square backboard or 
asymptotic to round rim and conic net. 
Basketball is not a metaphor for the uni- 
verse. It is the universe. 

Paul Sally's classroom had no walls. 
He'd turn up randomly at basketball prac- 
tices and drop learning objectives from the 
classroom into demonstrations of pivot 
moves for the low and high post. 

As far as I can recall, only Skinny 
Graham pursued mathematics as a life's 
work. But, Bole, if you bump into Paul 
Sally again, tell him we all remember — 
with fondness. Better yet, tell those 
Chicago Young Scholars that they belong 
to a half-centurv tradition of indebted 

Paul M. Comean '62 

Hollywood, Florida 

I watched Paul Sally teach a class one 
Saturday morning to Boston elementary 
teachers, and his message was the same 
as it was to those of us who had him for 

freshman calculus. Mathematics is to be 
learned the right way — it can be hard and 
confusing but if you work at it, and apply 
the basic principles, you will come to see 
the logic of it in numbers and symbols and 
in life. He refused to back down from the 
rigor, and those veteran teachers stayed 
with him. 

On a trip to Boston a few years ago, 
Paul and I settled in at a restaurant and he 
filled the night with great stories, inter- 
mingled with talk of the horrible state in 
which we find ourselves in America, where 
the public, let alone students, are woefully 
unappreciative of mathematics. With Paul, 
however, humor always triumphs and he 
told a story about visiting a high school in 
Chicago. One of his former middle school 
students was walking down the hall and 
Paul asked, "How's it going, Jerome?" 
"Great," was the reply, "this year I am tak- 
ing frigonometry." 

David Driscoll '64, MA'67, Ph.D.'81 

Melrose, Massachusetts 

The writer was Massachusetts Commissioner 
of Education from 1999 to 2007. 

As a former school head, I loved the cover 
story on Paul Sally — it gives one hope. 

Judy Knotts, NC'62 

Austin, Texas 


During the last 50 years there have been 
fireworks and polemics over the Second 
Vatican Council. Some believe Vatican II 
saved the Roman Catholic Church, and 
some, I understand, won't attend sacra- 
ments presided over by priests ordained 
after 1965. Along comes a calm voice of 
reason in Thomas H. Groome and his 
article "Recycling" (Spring 2010). 

Recently I visited the site of what used 
to be the La Salette Shrine in Ipswich, 
Massachusetts, now a golf course. This 
was a shrine my parents would bring us 
to one weekend a month, where, over 
the course of six hours, we would attend 
Mass, breakfast, the gift shop with its 
plastic dashboard jesuses, stations of the 
cross in a sunken garden, and, finally, 
benediction. The cathedral-like church is 
padlocked now and dilapidated. The gran- 
ite stairs, once filled with pilgrims, have 
crumbled like ancient ruins. 

Perhaps we can look at post-Vatican II 
Catholicism as shedding the plastic Jesus 
and celebrating ancient faith traditions. 
Groome's revisiting of the reforms of 
Vatican II offers hope for a future in which 
such traditions are appreciated. 

Mike Curren 

Reading, Massachusetts 


In "Dead Right" (Spring 2010), Professor 
Ray Madoff explains how American law 
has increasingly helped to protect the 
property interests of the deceased. And at 
first blush, the heightened property protec- 
tions she describes appear consistent with 
society's cherished expectations. However, 
in the very year that Congress has allowed 
the estate tax to lapse, I can't help but won- 
der, do these laws go too far in perpetuat- 
ing wealth inequality? Laws to protect the 
publicity interest of a deceased, for exam- 
ple, invariably benefit the wealthy — the 
heirs who have already inherited millions 
and stand to inherit millions more. 

While I don't believe eliminating newly 
enhanced property rights is the answer, I 
do think the law should develop, perhaps 
by way of tax reform, to better redistribute 
this wealth, so society as a whole can ben- 
efit, too. After all, isn't it only fair that the 
millions of fans who supported Michael 
Jackson during his life, through concert 
ticket and album purchases, share in the 
estimated $200 million his estate earned 
in the six months following his death? 

Joseph Perry, JD'05 

New York, New York 

Correction: In "Senior Moments," the student 
identified on pages 33 and 39 as Jonathan 
Flowers is actually John Flowers. 

A follow-up to "The Last Train" by Tim 
Czerwienski (Winter 2010). in which it was 
reported that the last scheduled jootball 
game against Notre Dame would take place 
October 2, 2010: On June 10, an additional 
six games were announced in the "holy war." 
to be played through 2019. 

BCAA welcomes letters from readers. 
Letters may be edited for length and clarity, 
and must be signed to be published. Our 
fax number is (617) 552-2441; our e-mail 
address is 



6 Upbeat 

Celebrating a jazz legend 

7 Timing is all 

WakeAAate beckons 

9 The back forty 

Love and death in the sec- 
ond half of life 

11 Close-up 

A model patient 







The Association of Retired Faculty pub- 
lished Our Proud Refrain, which includes 
1 7 recollections of the Heights in the 
1 950s and '60s, including memories of 
"The Faculty Wives Club," the reluctance 
of Protestant and Jewish scholars to join 
the faculty, uncivil wars over tenure deci- 
sions, and civil conversations with students 
who were engaged in occupying admin- 
istrative offices. W Speaking of the old 
days, James Woods, SJ, dean of the Woods 
College, told a group that had gathered 
to celebrate the life of Rita Kelleher, 
the longtime nursing dean who recently 
died at age 101, that when Kelleher came 
to Boston College in 1947 to interview 
with President William Kelleher, SJ, a 
solicitous gate attendant advised her that 
"potential kitchen employees were not 
interviewed by the president." $ The 
University calculated that some 56,000 
alumni, parents, and friends participated 
in a Boston College event during the fis- 
cal year that ended on May 31, including 
5,383 who attended reunion. )^ The 
Lynch School of Education received a $20 
million gift from Carolyn and Peter Lynch 
'65 to found a "leadership academy" for 
newly appointed principals at Boston-area 
public. Catholic, and charter schools. ^ 
In a "cardboard recycling" competition, 
the University's 716,000-pound entry 
earned it a fifth-place finish among 604 
colleges. $• Campus minister John (Jack) 
Butler, SJ, was appointed vice president 
for University Mission and Ministry, suc- 

ceeding Joseph Appleyard, SJ, who found- 
ed the office in 1 998. W A water main 
break that caused a shortage of potable 
water on the campus for several days was 
relieved, in part, by a shipment of bottled 
water from Holy Cross. X( Honorary 
degree recipients at Commencement 
included Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General 
Electric, who addressed the graduates; 
Anthony S. Bryk '70, president of the 
Carnegie Foundation; former Red Sox 
CEO John Harrington '57, MBA'66; 
Mary Hart, RGS, who directs after- 
school and summer programs in Boston's 
Roxbury neighborhood; Joy Haywood 
Moore '81, who leads the Oprah Winfrey 
Leadership Academy for Girls, in South 
Africa; and Cardinal Cormac Murphy- 
O'Connor, archbishop emeritus of the 
Westminster Archdiocese. ^ A record 
25 colleges sent their top undergraduate 
poets to declaim at the Greater Boston 
Intercollegiate Poetry Festival, in Corcoran 
Commons. $ Steve Donahue, the for- 
mer Cornell men's basketball coach, 
who replaced the notoriously unclubbable 
(though often successful) Al Skinner in 
April, wasted no time in posing for pho- 
tographs with students at a welcome gath- 
ering on the Dustbowl and telling them 
"[Boston College is] a grand slam, over 
the Green Monster, versus the Yankees, in 
Game 7." )K An MBTA investigation of 
an April collision between a B-line trolley 
and a vehicle containing Boston College 
students determined that the driver of 


homebody — In early June, Gasson Hall closed for an estimated 1 5 months of renovations that will include extensive replacement of exterior stonework, 
installation of some 250 energy-efficient windows, and upgrades to interior systems. All classrooms and offices have been emptied and their inhabitants 
relocated, but Scipione Tadolini's 1869 marble sculpture of St. Michael the Archangel triumphing over Satan will remain in the rotunda, protected in a 
12-foot-tall plywood box, shown here being erected by contract workers on June 16. As ever, Michael will share the rotunda with the statues of four 
Jesuit saints— Ignatius of Loyola, John Berchmans, Aloysius Gonzaga, and Stanislaus Kostka (above, at right), all similarly encased. 

the trolley was speeding and at fault. No 
one was seriously injured. $ Carroll 
School professor Pete Wilson received 
the 2010 "Distinguished Achievement 
in Accounting Education Award" from 
the American Institute of Certified Public 
Accountants. W The sailing team, which 
is the closest thing to a juggernaut that 
Boston College possesses, brought home 
its fourth national title in three vears, this 
time in coed competition. The students 
also won their second consecutive Fowle 
Memorial Trophy, which honors "the 
year's best all-around performance." Also 
finding themselves in a winner's circle 
were Ken Aruda TO and Brendan Benedict 
' 1 2, who defeated Trinity University 
(Texas) in the finals to win the American 
Debate Association's junior varsity cham- 
pionship. % Boston College theologian 

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, was named 
president of the Catholic Theological 
Society of America. % Boston College 
joined with Harvard and state agencies to 
turn a 2,500-square-foot asphalt parking 
lot in Allston into the "Evergreen Street 
Community Green Space." % Rattigan 
Professor emeritus John Mahoney re- 
leased his fifth disk of spoken poetry, The 
Romantic Voice. \V Eighty alumni attended 
a reception in Seoul for President William 
P. Leahy, SJ, during Boston College's first- 
ever official visit to Korea. W The $1.5 
billion Light the World Campaign closed 
the year on June 1 at $718 million, while 
alumni giving rose for the fifth consecutive 
year with 26,800 gifts, representing 27.8 
percent of alumni. $ No Digest would be 
complete sans intelligence regarding fresh 
inutile ranking of the relative standings 

of American universities, and this edition 
features three reports. First, parentsand- determined that Boston 
College offered the second best "College 
Eats" in the nation, after Bowdoin. Second, ("The Inside Source 
at College") named Bapst the "Most 
Beautiful College Library" in the nation, 
with Michigan, Washington, Columbia, 
and Penn filling out the top five. And 
PayScale, Inc., a Seattle-based aggregator 
of compensation data, determined that 
Boston College ranks 49th in the nation 
on a "30 Year Return on Investment" in a 
2009 bachelor's degree. PayScale projects 
that the investment — $1 89,000 — will by 
2039 pay out $927,000 in compensation, 
for an annualized return of 10.7 percent. 
MIT topped the list, offering a 1 2.6 per- 
cent yearly return. — Ben Birnbaum 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 



From center-left: O'Brien, Allen, and Bonaiuto, with BC bOp! musicians, in Robsham Theater 


By Jane Whitehead 

Celebrating a jazz legend 

A big band sound rocked Robsham 
Theater late into the night on Sun- 
day May 9 as the veteran Boston-based 
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, the Boston 
College student jazz ensemble BC bOp!, 
and a specially formed chamber choir 
joined with renowned pianist and com- 
poser Geri Allen to commemorate jazz 
musician Mary Lou Williams (191 0-8 1 ). 
Williams's 57-year career as a composer, 
an arranger, and a mentor of musicians 
such as Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis 
places her at the "very top echelon of 
the jazz pantheon," according to music 
critic George Kanzler, and significantly x 
influenced the evolution of jazz in the 20th 
century. Her music, said Duke Ellington, 
was "perpetually contemporary," her 
writing and performing, always "a little 

The idea for the concert, billed as "A 
Mary Lou Williams Centennial: From 
Swing to Sacred Music, a Journey of 
Faith," came from Williams's spiritual 

advisor and manager, Peter F. O'Brien, SJ. 
In 2009 he proposed the event to Mark 
Harvey, a lecturer in music at MIT and 
founder of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, 
who in turn approached Sebastian 
Bonaiuto, director of bands at Boston 
College. The University had conferred an 
honorary doctorate of arts on Williams 
in 1975 for her music and her charitable 
efforts on behalf of children and down- 
and-out musicians, so Boston College 
seemed a fitting place to celebrate the per- 
former, composer, and Roman Catholic 
convert who said of her music: "every time 
I play, I count it a prayer." 

The concert was cosponsored by the 
Boston College Bands program and 
the University's Arts and Social Respons- 
ibility Project (ASR) whose chair, associ- 
ate design professor Crystal Tiala, said 
that Williams's musical achievements 
and her philanthropy dovetailed with the 
ASR mission to ally the arts with "positive 
social change." (Previous ASR projects 

include a student-produced documentary 
on homelessness.) Tiala cited Williams's 
Bel Canto Foundation, started in 1958 
to aid musicians with drug and alcohol 
problems, and the Mary Lou Williams 
Foundation, created in 1980 to bring jazz 
to children. She also noted that Williams 
was a pioneering African- American 
woman in a male-dominated field. In 
her early teens, she played with Duke 
Ellington's band; later she composed and 
arranged music for the bands of Benny 
Goodman, Earl Hines, Tommy Dorsey, 
Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. 

The evening's narrator, O'Brien, began 
with a description of his first encounter 
with Williams, "in early 1964, in the pages 
of Time magazine." Two photographs in 
the article caught his attention, O'Brien 
told the Robsham audience of some 250. 
One showed Williams sitting on the raised 
band area in the middle of the circular 
bar at the Hickory House on West 52nd 
Street in Manhattan, a premier jazz club 
from the 1930s to the 1950s. The other 
image showed Williams kneeling at the 
communion rail in the Church of St. 
Francis Xavier on West 16th Street, the 
church where, following her conversion 
to Catholicism, she was baptized in May 
1957, near her 47th birthday. Soon after 
reading the Time article, O'Brien intro- 
duced himself to Williams at a New York 
jazz club where she was playing. He was 
23, a Jesuit seminarian, and she was 53, 
but they formed an immediate, enduring 

The Robsham concert program mir- 
rored the fusion of secular and sacred 
influences in Williams's art, with swing 
and blues pieces dominating the first half. 
After what O'Brien applauded as "gor- 
geous" renditions by the two jazz ensem- 
bles of classic Williams compositions such 
as "Chief," "Walkin' and Swingin'," and 
"Scratchin' in the Gravel," Geri Allen, a 
champion of Williams's music who por- 
trayed her in Robert Altman's 1996 film 
Kansas City, took the piano to perform 
her 1953 piece "New Musical Express" 
with percussive precision, her black patent 
high-heels tapping out the tight, fast- 
paced rhythm. 

Williams's sophistication as a com- 
poser was evident in what MIT's Harvey 
introduced as the "exotic and mysterious" 


photograph: J.D. Levine 

"Scorpio" movement from her 12-part 
Zodiac Suite, written and first performed 
at New York's Town Hall in 1 945. The 
piece, plaved by Geri Allen and Aardvark, 
has the depth and harmonic complexity 
of symphonic music, the result, Harvey 
explained, of Williams's close study of 
contemporary classical composers includ- 
ing Stravinsky and Schoenberg. 


program's focus shifted to works testi- 
fying to the centralitv of religion in Will- 
iams's later life and career. One effect 
of Williams's conversion to Catholicism, 
said O'Brien, was that "everything creative 
inside of her became fused" — her spiritual 
life, her creative life, and her huge "natu- 
ral, automatic outpouring of generosity." 
Her first major religious composition, 
Black Christ of the Andes ( 1 964), was a 
cantata celebrating the canonization of 
the mixed race Martin de Porres, born 
in Peru in 1 579. The haunting invocation 
is "as challenging as it is beautiful," said 
Jo Jo David, director of the Mary Lou 

Williams Centennial Choir of Boston 
College, created for the occasion. For one 
performance only, David gathered nine 
student singers from BC bOp! and the BC 
Liturgical Arts group and added the mel- 
low alto of professional jazz performer 
Cara Campanelli '09. Campanelli also 
sang a solo in "Anima Christi," Williams's 
setting of the 14th-century prayer of praise 
and penitence that blends elements of 
gospel and blues into what O'Brien called 
"the funkiest long-meter waltz around." 

Toward the end of the evening came 
the only piece not composed by Williams: 
a contemplative solo piano tribute by 
Allen, entitled "Thank You, Madam." 

"Now we're going to raise the roof," 
announced O'Brien, as Allen, BC bOp! 
and the choir combined for the rollicking 
congregational anthem, "Praise the Lord," 
followed by the 1937 boogie-woogie 
Williams classic "Roll 'Em," written for 
the Benny Goodman Band, belted out by 
all the musicians on stage, m 

Jane Whitehead is a Boston-based writer. 

Timing is all 

By Thomas Christopher 

WakeMate beckons 


I -M-reg Nemeth entered Boston College 
VJ in the Class of 2010. He left after 
his junior year, an entrepreneur with a 
business plan, intent on seeking funding, 
a lawyer, an industrial designer, a man- 
ufacturing engineer, and a software 
designer. As the Class of 2010 prepared 
for Commencement, Nemeth was taking 
orders for WakeMate, the product he 
and business partner Arun Gupta had 
created in the spare days, nights, and vaca- 
tions of the previous four years. 

Nemeth's odyssey began early fresh- 
man year when he heard about the new 
Boston College Venture Competition. 
BCVC, as it is commonly known, was 

created by students Matthew Becker '08, 
Eric Hilberg '06, and Paul Santora '08 of 
the Carroll School of Management and 
William Clerico '07 of Arts and Sciences, 
with the aim of providing opportunity and 
experience to undergraduate entrepre- 
neurs. Working with CSOM professors 
Larry Meile and John Gallaugher, the 
four secured funding from an anonymous 
alumnus for prizes ($10,000 for first 
place, $3,000 for second, and $2,000 for 
third) and established a process, still in 
use, that, each October, connects student 
contestants with advisors — local entrepre- 
neurs, attorneys, venture capitalists — who 
counsel the competitors as they build 

their business plans. In April, five to seven 
finalists pitch these plans to a panel of 
judges from the corporate and entrepre- 
neurial world. 

Nemeth was intrigued by the BCVC, 
and he had a project long in mind: a 
"smart" clock to wake individuals at a 
point in their sleep cycle that maximizes 
alertness. (The idea was prompted by 
Nemeth and Gupta's early morning high 
school tennis practices in Dix Hills, New 
York.) Nemeth brought up the BCVC 
to Gupta, a freshman at Yale, and the 
two decided to enter. Before long, with 
coaching from their BCVC mentor — Carl 
Yankowski, a Boston College trustee who 
launched Playstation as COO of Sony 
Electronics and as CEO of Palm took that 
company public — the pair were calling 
sleep researchers across the United States 
to learn about tracking sleep patterns. 
This led them to actigraphy, a method of 
measuring and assessing motion during 
sleep that has been used in the treatment 
of sleep disorders. 

Nemeth and Gupta envisioned a small 
accelerometer that could be strapped to 
the wrist at night and linked wirelessly to 
a smart phone. A software program in the 
phone would monitor motion data from 
the accelerometer and calculate the opti- 
mal moment, within a 20-minute window, 
to wake a sleeper. They dubbed the system 
WakeSmart, later renaming it WakeMate 
when they discovered the Internet domain 
name had been taken. 

After five months of research and 
design, the two freshmen finished the 
2007 inaugural BCVC contest dead last. 
Nemeth recalls the judges' verdict as, "a 
cool idea, but this business plan is a joke." 

Nemeth and Gupta reentered BCVC in 
2008, built a more robust plan, but again 
finished out of the running. Determined to 
improve, the two spent the following sum- 
mer at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, 
where they polished their proposal — add- 
ing detailed market analysis, and particu- 
lars on manufacturing, distribution, and 
intellectual property rights — well enough 
to win the $50,000 grand prize offered by 
the Yale Entrepreneurial Society's busi- 
ness plan competition. They turned down 
the award, however, when they learned it 
would require signing over key rights to 
the sponsoring venture capital firm. 



Gupta (left) and Nemeth '10 at a restaurant in Newton. They have no office, only laptops. 

Instead, Nemeth and Gupta submit- 
ted their new business plan to BCVC for 
a third time, in 2009. They won; and the 
$10,000 prize came without strings. 

The pair now found themselves at a 
crossroads. The combined demands of a 
startup and college courses, Nemeth says, 
dragged on his grades even as the business 
floundered. So, at the end of their junior 
year, Nemeth and Gupta took leaves from 
their respective schools. As Nemeth puts 
it, they had to see their invention through, 
"whether to success or failure." 


a career, it's an obsession, suggests 
Nemeth. In summer 2009, the two men 
moved to Silicon Valley, where they had 
been selected to attend a 10-week training 
program for entrepreneurs run by the ven- 
ture capital fund Y Combinator. Working 
out of an apartment that doubled as an 
office, Nemeth says, WakeMate became 
his last thought before falling asleep and 
his first thought upon waking. (The only ' 
diversion was an occasional round of 
mini-golf with Gupta.) Nemeth and Gupta 
refined their plans, attended lectures by 
entrepreneurs and businesspeople from 
the Bay Area, and, on Demo Day, made 
their pitch to potential funders. 

In late winter 2010, a number of "angel 
investors" committed $650,000 in initial 
funding. Nemeth and Gupta assembled a 

team to help design the hardware and soft- 
ware, protect their patent and trademark 
rights, and guide them through the com- 
plexities of manufacturing. This last exper- 
tise proved crucial, because WakeMate's 
website attracted not the hundreds of 
pre-orders they hoped for but thousands, 
pushing production of the prototype out- 
side the United States. 

CSOM professor Gallaugher says 

Nemeth and Gupta aren't alone in getting 
a boost from the BCVC experience. Ken 
Carnesi '08 and Jonathan Rust '04 took 
third prize in 2008 with Anaptyx, a design 
to offer low-cost wireless service to apart- 
ment buildings. Anaptyx's projects have 
since been written up in the Washington 
Post and PC World. BCVC cofounder Bill 
Clerico and Rich Aberman '07 recently 
began marketing WePay, an online pay- 
ment service, after securing $1.65 million 
in venture capital. And the winners of the 
2010 BCVC, Shahbano Imran '09 and 
David Tolioupov TO, are pursuing back- 
ing for their product, an Internet search 
engine that builds targeted advertising 

"Every day," Nemeth says of his and 
Gupta's new life, "we're in over our heads, 
doing things that we're not qualified to do, 
probably shouldn't be doing — but that's 
what it is to be an entrepreneur. . . . It's 
an adventure with lots of highs and lows. 
There have been points where the tech- 
nology isn't working, the investors aren't 
responding. Then there are times when 
you go into a meeting and someone says 'I 
love it' and hands you a bunch of money, 
and it's the greatest feeling in the world." B 

Thomas Christopher is a Connecticut-based 


Publishing season 

In spring, some students' thoughts turn to publishing, and Elements and Al-Noor 
were among the student publications issuing new editions. Elements, the five-year- 
old magazine of undergraduate research, featured a piece by Kitsy Smith '10, titled 
"Expanding Waistlines: A 'Nutrition Transition' in China." Smith writes that the 
health costs for China as its citizens shift toward more sedentary jobs and "urban 
lifestyle eating" could cut into economic growth: "China currently spends only 5 per- 
cent of its gross national product (CNP) on obesity-related costs," she notes, citing 
predictions that it will eventually achieve the U.S. spending rate of 17-20 percent. 
In Al-Noor, Boston College's undergraduate Middle Eastern and Islamic studies 
journal, Amanda Rothschild '11 wrote an article titled "A King's Dream," an account 
of the influence of Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts on King's Academy, 
a boarding school founded in Jordan in 2007 by King Abdullah II. To counter the in- 
fluence of fundamentalist groups on his country's youth, says Rothschild, Abdullah, 
himself a Deerfield alumnus, brought in Deerfield administrators and teachers, a "lib- 
eral arts" curriculum, and a program of financial aid. Classes are coed, and students 
of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Roths- 
child notes Abdullah's desire that students learn, in his words, "ethics, self-reliance, 
social responsibility, and [a] sense of camaraderie." —Tim Czerwienski 



photo'craph: Lee Pellegrini 

Attendees at the conference in Conte Forum April 10 

The back forty 

By Clare Dunsford 

Love and death in the second half of life 

On the concourse at Conte Forum on 
Saturday April 10, throngs of silver- 
haired or bald folks saunter, a walker or 
cane visible here and there among them. 
The occasion is a one-day conference 
called "Living the Journey: Spirituality for 
the Second Half of Life," hosted by, among 
other groups, the Alumni Association. 
Conference organizers hoped for maybe 
400 registrants ages 40 and older, thought 
they might get 200, and ended up with 
900 people from 25 states, all here to 
attend talks and participate in breakout 
sessions whose titles include key words 
such as "Faith," "Grief," "Loss," "Life," 
"Discernment," "Vice," "Hope." During 
the day, speakers will quote, among others, 
Teilhard de Chardin, Mother Teresa, Jung, 
health care proxies, the sociologist Sara 
Lawrence-Lightfoot, and Pope John Paul 
II. No one will give investment tips. 

After his invocation, a reading from 
Psalm 71 ("Even when I am old and 
gray, do not forsake me, O God"), Myles 

Sheehan, SJ, who leads the New England 
Jesuit Province, remarks on the racy 
exploits of King David in his old age: "This 
proves that power, sexuality, and intrigue 
are often the most exciting in the second 
half of life." The audience explodes in 
laughter and applause. 

These are the Boomer Horde, the Silver 
Tsunami, in the language of demogra- 
phers. According to James Lubben, direc- 
tor of the University's Institute on Aging, 
in 20 years the population pyramid — 
elders teetering on top of a broad base 
of middle-aged and young people — will 
morph into a rectangle, as 65 and older 
becomes the fastest-growing age group 
in the world. In the United States, lower 
fertility rates along with growing longev- 
ity mean that the truly old — individuals 
85 and older — who numbered 100,000 in 
1900, will number 18.9 million by the year 
2050. These figures help explain the prolif- 
eration of centers at Boston College devot- 
ed to studying aging: In addition to the 

Institute on Aging, there are the Center 
for Retirement Research, the Sloan Center 
on Aging and Work, and the National 
Research Center for Participant-Directed 
Services, a resource for state providers of 
services to the aged and disabled. 

The first keynote speaker is Jennie 
Chin Hansen '70, outgoing president of 
the AARP, and when John Feudo, associ- 
ate vice president for alumni relations, 
introduces her, he announces that he 
recently turned 50. "Four days later," he 
says — but before he can finish, the crowd 
anticipates the punch line and erupts in 
laughter — "yes, you guessed it, I got an 
AARP card in the mail." Hansen's take 
on retirement is that it is an opportunity 
to volunteer in the community. Her mes- 
sage harmonizes nicely with the results 
of an online survey conducted before the 
conference by Sloan researchers Jacquelyn 
James and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes. More 
than 800 people completed the survey, 
including some conference attendees. 
While certainly not a representative 
sample of Americans, this group — three- 
quarters female and 69 percent Boston 
College graduates — reports high levels of 
volunteering: Thirty percent between ages 
55 and 65, and 40 percent over age 65, 
perform a volunteer activity every week. 


sessions, Michael St. Clair's, titled 
"Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities 
in Midlife and Bevond," attracts more 
than 200 registrants. St. Clair begins by 
offering his bona fides: "I was born in 
1940." A folksy, self-deprecating psychol- 
ogist, he talks about his son who can't live 
without his Blackberry, and then asks the 
crowd, "How manv are over 50?" Most 
hands go up. "How many over 70?" Some 
come down. "Have cell phones?" Conte is 
a sea of hands. "How manv have regular 
access to the Internet?" No hands come 
down. He describes himself and his audi- 
ence as "digital immigrants" in a land of 
"digital natives," recognition of the speed 
of change in their lifetimes. 

In the Yawkey Center's Murray Room, 
where Boston College theologian Lisa 
Sowle Cahill has just finished speaking 
about "End of Life Issues: The Catholic 
Approach," the space is packed and the 
atmosphere is charged. Cahill has asked 

photograph: J.D. Levine 


for questions, and individuals from the 
audience go up to the microphone and tes- 
tify to experience in the land of the dying: 
a social worker in an assisted living facil- 
ity, an intensive care nurse of 45 years, an 
oncologist, a chaplain, an estate planning 
attorney, and a man who calls himself "just 
another bozo on the bus with no particu- 
lar expertise except that I read the news- 
paper." This last suggests that in reaction 
to secular opinion U.S. Catholic bishops 
took an extreme stand in 2005 in the Terri 
Schiavo case when they endorsed contin- 
ued nourishment and treatment despite 
Schiavo's persistent, 15-year vegetative 
state. Schiavo is brought up often this day, 
although at least one speaker points out 
that she signifies not so much the horrors 
of aging as the horrors of living in techno- 
logical limbo, a place not dreamed of by 
the Church but invented by man. 

One of the most highly attended after- 
noon breakout sessions is Fr. Sheehan's 
on "End of Life Issues: Spirituality and 
Aging." In addition to heading the regional 
Jesuit province, Sheehan is a geriatric 
physician and teacher. He knows how to 
work this crowd. "Who made you?" he 
shouts out. "God made me," comes the 
quick answer right out of the Baltimore 
Catechism, which most U. S. Catholic 
schools stopped using in the late 1960s. 
"Why did God make you?" In unison from 
the audience, "God made me to know, 
love and serve him in this life, and be 
happy with him forever in the next." 

Our culture is afraid of death, willing 
to do anything to stave it off, Sheehan 
says, even when the body announces that 
its decline cannot be stopped. Pope John 
Paul II died at home with no extraordinary 
interventions; he showed that palliative 
care, focused on pain reduction and qual- 
ity of life, is not murder but a right. "What, 
you want to die better than the pope?" 
Sheehan jokes. More quietly, he asks, 
"How much of our culture's preoccupa- > 
tion with control, assisted suicide, and 'the 
culture of death' is due to a resistance to 
God's plan for us?" 

At 54, Sheehan remembers his Boston 
childhood as a time when death was a 
natural part of life. Irish wakes in Southie 
were celebrations; he and his cousins 
ran around daring one another to touch 
the body in the coffin. The dead were 

remembered daily, in prayers and at Mass. 
Life-prolonging interventions were more 
rare, and care was based in the family. An 
expert in hydration and feeding at end of 
life, Sheehan once asked his mother how 
she had cared for his aunt in their home 
after a stroke. "How did you hydrate her? 
What about a feeding tube?" Bemused, his 
mother answered, "We soaked a washcloth 
in water and she sucked on it. We fed her 
by hand, and in a couple of years she died." 

Sheehan speaks with a physician's 
frankness. "Just because you wet yourself 
on the way to the bathroom," he says, 
"doesn't mean your life is terrible or 
not worth living, except in our culture." 
Roman Catholics have an "excellent way 
to die," he asserts. Prayer, the sacraments, 
and belief in the dignity of the human per- 
son provide a coherent vision of death. 

The final talk of the day belongs to 
Fr. Michael Himes, who glosses St. 
Augustine's Confessions, the second of 
T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, and his own 
elderly mother's confused but profound 
words in a nursing home. The climax of 
the Confessions is a conversation between 
Augustine and his mother, Monica, about 
what our eternal reward might look like. 
Soaring beyond the limits of their own 
minds ("marvelous Augustinian touch, 
that!") they hear all creation singing, "We 
did not make ourselves but were made by 
the one who is forever." 

"I'm inclined to think — more so as I 
get older," says Himes — that "to discover 

you're not the controller of your own exis- 
tence is good, something to sing about." 

In T. S. Eliot, Himes finds a metaphor 
for old men as explorers. "We must be still 
and still moving / Into another intensity," 
writes Eliot. Himes exhorts his audience: 
"Don't let the end of your life happen 
to you! Live it, will it, choose it!" What 
distinguishes this message from an AARP 
brochure — what fills the hunger of this 
particular audience — is the countercultural 
twist that follows: Embrace the experience 
of diminishment, Himes says. We must 
commit to the whole process of being a 
creature (literally, one who passes away) 
and see death not as an interruption, but 
an intrinsic part, a culmination, of living. 

Himes speaks, finally, of his 91 -year-old 
mother from whom he has "learned more 
than from Eliot and Michel de Montaigne." 
When everything else goes, he says, the 
experience of loving doesn't disappear. 
Now suffering from dementia, his mother 
sometimes cannot recognize him when he 
visits daily. "Love, do you know who 
I am?" he asks on one particularly bad day. 
She studies him intently and says slowly, 
"I'm not sure I remember you exactly, but 
I think you're someone I loved very much." 
The air in Conte is utterly still. ■ 

Clare Dunsford is an associate dean in the 
College of Arts and Sciences. 

Videotaped talks and other resources 

from "Living the Journey" can be 
found at Full Story, 

Massa is STJUTs new dean 

Mark Massa, SJ, the Karl Rahner Professor of Theol- 
ogy and director of the Curran Center for American 
Catholic Studies at Fordham University, has been 
named dean of the School of Theology and Ministry. 
He succeeds STM's founding dean, Richard Clifford, 
SJ, who returns to the faculty. 

Massa is the author of six books, including 
The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties 

Changed the Church Forever (Oxford, September 2010). He earned his Th.D. from 
Harvard and his M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which reaffiliated 
with Boston College in 2008 and joined the Institute for Religious Education and 
Pastoral Ministry and C21 Online to form STM. In a letter sent to alumni and friends 
of the school on June 10, Massa described the STM merger as "the most exciting 
ministerial education enterprise to emerge in a generation."' —Tim Czerwienski 



photograph: Bill Denlson 

Checking vitals, in Cushing Hall 


Meet Sim Man. He's five feet seven inch- 
es and weighs 170 pounds. He breathes, 
speaks, and, in addition to the indignity 
of a hospital gown, suffers a variety of 
physical affronts, from needle pricks to 
appendicitis to gaping wounds. 

Sim Man is one of four computer- 
programmable mannequins purchased 
by the Conned School of Nursing (CSON) 
in 2008 and 2009. He plays a key role 
in the school's growing commitment to 
"patient simulation," a teaching method 
whereby students, starting in their 
sophomore year, gain experience through 
practice on synthetic patients in a mock 
hospital setting. Students who enter his 
room in Cushing Hall wear their scrubs 
and a nursing badge; "It ups the ante," 
says Maureen Connolly, the simulation 
laboratory coordinator. 

Made largely of molded plastic and 
rubber, Sim Man is animated by interior 
computers, motors, and audio systems. 

His chest rises and falls; he wheezes; his 
lungs rattle with pneumonia; his blood 
pressure oscillates. His heart produces 
the subtle sounds of various arrhythmia. 
Sim Man utters preprogrammed phrases, 
such as "I feel dizzy" and, "My stomach 
hurts." Instructors, sequestered in a 
booth at one end of his room, can also 
speak into a microphone and have 
their words projected through Sim 
Man's mouth ("Ouch!"). The mannequin 
has rubber veins that accept injections, 
as well as pulse points on the wrists, 
ankles, and elsewhere that throb. The 
patient's vital signs, displayed on hos- 
pital-style monitors, are controlled by 
instructors to create different medical 
scenarios. "In a safe environment, we 
can challenge students by increasing the 
complexity of stimuli they must respond 
to," says Robin Wood, associate profes- 
sor of nursing. CSON students give blood 
transfusions (water colored with food 

dye, with a few drops of bleach to keep 
the lines clean) and undertake tracheal 
suctions, using real equipment. 

In addition, CSON has a pregnant 
female, sold as Birthing Noelle, who 
replicates the stages of labor. An interior 
motor pushes out the baby (Newborn 
Hal), who is computer programmable, 
too. Sim Baby, the school's fourth man- 
nequin, is a slightly larger infant. Both 
babies can cry and turn blue, while the 
top of Sim Baby's skull can bulge or sink 
inward to signal intracranial pressure or 
dehydration. The price for a simulation 
mannequin runs to $40,000, with a ser- 
vice and maintenance plan. 

This summer, a second hospital room 
is being constructed alongside the one 
shown above. A control booth with two- 
way mirrors will separate the rooms. 

— Sage Stossel 

Sage Stossel is a Boston-based writer. 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 









In April 2009, a futuristic novel by the Russian writer Elena Tchoudinova was published 
in France. Titled The Notre Dame Mosque of Paris: Year 2048, it depicted Paris's grandest 
cathedral transformed into a mosque. That same spring, in an article titled "In the Casbah of 
Rotterdam," the Italian newspaper 17 Foglio crowned Rotterdam the future capital of Eurabia. 

Since the advent of the 21st century, any number of schol- 
ars, journalists, and Internet populists have argued that, for 
Europe, demography is destiny — that the combination of 
runaway Muslim birthrates, suicidal native European fertil- 
ity rates, and white flight will lead to a set of western Islamic 
republics by mid-century. 

Native European fertility rates have indeed fallen since 
World War II. And labor migration together with govern- 
ment provisions for family reunification have led to the 
exponential growth of a new Muslim minority. But the 
future demographic landscape of Europe will be etched 
less starkly than many suppose. In 2030, to be sure, Islam 
will continue to be the fastest-growing religion in many 



parts of the continent (with evangelical Protestantism keep- 
ing pace in some places), and many disused churches will 
have become mosques. A small number of cities will be on 
the verge of a Muslim majority — Amsterdam, Bradford 
(England), Malmo, Marseille — and one of every four resi- 
dents in London, Brussels, Paris, and Berlin will have a 
Muslim background. But it will also be clear that many of 
the manifestations of Muslim radicalism and cultural dislo- 
cation observable today were merely temporary. 

It does not occur to some critics that Muslims are not 
always deliberately trying to offend their hosts' sensibilities: 

opposite: Muslims pray, protest, in Copenhagen, February 1, 2006. 

photograph: SCANPIX/Reuters/Corbis/Lars Helsinghof 

that men pray outdoors due to the shortage of mosques; 
that some slaughter lambs in bathtubs because there are not 
enough halal abattoirs; that imams are imported because 
Islamic theological seminaries have not yet taken root in 
Europe; that some Muslims have brought their grievances 
to the streets because they lack the right to vote. The key 
change by 2030 will be this: As the proportion of Muslims 
of foreign nationality in Europe decreases (because the 
number of native-born Muslims increases), Europe's demo- 
cratic political institutions will kick in. Integration problems 
will persist, but discussions of how to resolve them will no 
longer be crudely couched in terms of the clash of civiliza- 
tions, at least not primarily. 

The social, cultural, and political adjustments are already 
under way. 


claim that "the wombs of Muslim women will ultimately 
grant us victory in Europe" (a remark attributed to for- 
mer Algerian president Houari Boumediene). In fact, the 

West African, and Turkish background in Europe had higher 
rates — at 2.3 to 3.3 births per woman — than native European 
women, but the fertility rates of those foreign-born women 
were already well below the rates in their countries of origin. 
For example, the fertility rate of Moroccan-born women 
in the Netherlands dropped from 4.9 births in 1990 to 2.9 
in 2005; that of Turkish-born women fell from 3.2 to 1.9 
births in the same period. (The magic number for population 
replacement is held to be 2.1.) In Germany in 1990, Muslim 
women gave birth to two more children, on average, than 
their native German counterparts; in 1996 the difference 
was down to one; and in 2008, it dropped to 0.5. Throughout 
Europe, Muslim women's fertility rates are predicted to 
settle at between 1.75 and 2.25 births by 2030. 


millions of over-60-year-olds who had no counterpart a gen- 
eration earlier — Europe will remain dependent on immigra- 
tion to help finance what remains of its welfare states and 
publicly funded retirement plans. By 2030, the accession 




year 2030 will signal a different direction, as the Muslim 
demographic boom in Europe levels off. A natural defla- 
tion of fertility among women of immigrant origin will take 
place; at the same time, there will be a slight rise in fertility 
among non-Muslim women in much of western and north- 
ern Europe, triggered by "pro-family" government mea- 
sures — including more affordable child care — designed to 
draw them into the workplace. (More European women will 
become wage earners; some will also opt for a larger family.) 

Overall, the population of Muslim background in the 
EU-25 (the European Union's 25 members as of 2006), will 
increase to 25 million in 2030 — out of a total 468.7 million 
Europeans — lifting the percentage of Muslims in European 
countries to 5.3 percent (from 3.7 percent in 2008). At that 
point, France and Germany will likely be between 1 5 and 
16 percent Muslim. In Britain, minorities (including non- 
Muslims) will make up 27 percent of the population and 36 
percent of persons younger than 14. 

Women of Muslim background in Europe will still have 
higher fertility rates than the overall population, but the gap 
will narrow considerably. Signs of this change have been 
evident since 2008. That year, women of North African, 

of additional countries into the European Union — Croatia, 
Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia (with semi-membership 
for Iceland and Switzerland) — will increase the EU's base 
population but not alter its basic trajectory toward demo- 
graphic shrinkage. Policy makers will confront the need 
to double or triple the annual level of net immigration, in 
order to reverse the downward trend in the working-age 
population. There is one solution, however unlikely it seems 
within the political conditions of 2010: Admit Turkey to 
the European Union in the late 2020s with qualified mem- 
bership. (The leaders of France and several other national 
governments will almost certainly agree to forgo a risky 
referendum if the Turks accept reduced representation in 
the European parliament and commission.) 

Inclusion of Turkey will allow the EU to maintain its 
share of 6 to 7 percent of the world's population, thus 
helping to preserve its weight as a global player. It will also 
ensure that chronic labor shortages are filled substantially 
by citizens of a country committed to the EU. 

Adding Turkey, of course, will also dramatically change 
the overall Muslim population in the European Union. With 
an expected 25 percent increase between 2008 and 2030, 



Turkey's population will expand to 90 million, making it the 
largest single EU state — with a higher fertility rate and lower 
age structure than the other members. The share of Muslims 
in the EU as a whole — including Turkey — will be close to 20 
percent, although net immigration from Turkey to the rest 
of Europe will likely not exceed three million by 2030. 


ation of Muslims that many observers predict? The central 
difference between the Muslim populations of 2010 and 
2030 will be that most adult Muslims in Europe will be citi- 
zens, not third-country nationals. They will speak the local 
language with native proficiency, and their practice of Islam 
will be on a course of Europeanization. 

Germany will witness perhaps the most dramatic change. 
In its 2005 elections, fewer than one in five adult Muslims 
(or about 450,000) enjoyed the right to vote; but the 1999 
citizenship law reform — which grants citizenship rights to 
children born in Germany to foreigners as long as one par- 
ent is a legal resident — has begun adding 50,000 to 1 00,000 

newborn German citizens of Muslim background a year. 
The first real generation of native-born German Muslims 
will begin voting in national elections in 2018. Similar 
trends are under way in France, where as many as two mil- 
lion voters of Muslim background cast ballots in the 2007 
national election. By 2030, that number will likely double, 
accounting for just under one in 10 French voters. 

In 2030, the major political novelty in Europe will be the 
rise of a handful of openly religious Muslim politicians on 
nearly every national political scene. The number of single- 
issue Muslim voters in each constituency will not likely 
support a viable "Muslim party," but political parties will 
begin to open their ranks in earnest to the growing minor- 
ity after realizing it to be in their interest. Islamic coalitions 
in Denmark and the United Kingdom will establish parties 
that do surprisingly well in local elections; mainstream par- 
ties, weakened by fissiparous electorates, will expand their 
recruitment within the Muslim electorate and set aside spots 
at the top of candidate lists for Muslim surnames. 

Overtures by mainstream parties will be facilitated by a 

In Clichy-sous-Bois, a northern suburb of Paris, the restaurant Beurger King Muslim serves halal meat exclusively. 

photograph: Owen Franken/Corbis 


A scene in the Tower Hamlets borough of London, March 19, 2008 

pioneering generation of Muslim politicians who speak of 
reconciling their faith and citizenship and whose discourses 
are tailored to the national context in which they operate. 
In Germany and Italy, they will appeal to the tradition of 
politician-priests, notably between the world wars, and to 
the advent of Christian Democracy following the Church's 
expulsion from an official role in public policy. In France 
and Britain, some Muslim politicians will invoke the prec- 
edent set by Jewish statesmen, 19th-century figures such 
as French interior minister Adolphe Cremieux and British 
parliamentarian Lionel de Rothschild. 

In the future, it may be seen that the autumn of 2008 
marked a turning point in the political integration of 
European Muslims — when Ahmed Aboutaleb became 
mayor of Rotterdam and Cem Ozdemir became chairman 
of the German Green Party. Aboutaleb and Ozdemir rep- 
resent two distinct visions — one religious, one secular — yet 
both are patriotic and forward thinking. Ozdemir is a non- 
practicing secularist who married a woman of Catholic 
background from Argentina; Aboutaleb, the son of an 
imam, is an observant Muslim who proved his political bona 

fides by maintaining excellent relations with Jewish politi- 
cians and by speaking out against separatists and extremists 
in Muslim communities. 

These trailblazers notwithstanding, Muslims' transition 
to full political participation will continue to be a delicate 
affair, and Muslims seeking public office will face an uphill 


years? Although today's opinion polls show Muslim respon- 
dents firmly within the socialist or labor blocs in France, 
Germany, and the United Kingdom, Muslims' political 
views will evolve to be socially conservative, economically 
liberal, and dovish on foreign policy. 

A division will expand across the Muslim populations 
of Europe: The "assimilationists" will argue that European 
host societies have dropped their most offensive anti- 
Muslim practices and have begun to open their arms and 
institutions to Muslims. "Separatists" will contend that 
Europeans' latent Islamophobia and deep-seated Zionism 
require Muslims to withdraw from daily social, political, 


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photograph: Gideon Mendel/Corbis 

and economic life and will attempt to go it alone by creat- 
ing enclaves. The separatists will be a small minority, and 
their ranks will diminish with each electoral cycle owing 
to practical accommodations that national governments 
will offer as incentives for political participation, including 
experimenting with voluntary shari'a courts to resolve cer- 
tain civil disputes. 

A 2009 Gallup poll reveals grounds for optimism in the 
coming decades. It suggests that Muslims are more likely 
to identify with their European homelands than previously 
thought and that they have slightly more confidence than 
the overall European population in the judiciary and other 
national institutions. It also shows that 97 to 98 percent 
of Muslims do not support "honor killings" (of girls and 
young women primarily, by male relatives, over cultural 
issues of love or sex), approximately the same percent- 
age as the general population. European Muslims are, 
however, shown to be far more socially conservative than 
Europeans overall, by nearly every attitudinal measure, on 
issues ranging from pornography to abortion to premarital 
sex to suicide. 

critical of U.S. foreign policy and will express solidarity 
with the Palestinian cause and opposition to Zionism. Even 
when acknowledging the misdeeds of Muslims — whether 
terrorist or anti-Semitic — thev will voice a narrative of 
"victimization," and they will publicize Islamophobic inci- 
dents when these occur. In sum, they will have learned from 
the example of non-Muslim advocacy groups that the best 
orrense is defense. Similarly, Muslim religious leaders will 
publicly renounce violence; they will seize on incidences 
of blasphemy toward Islam as opportunities to teach about 
their faith, whether as part of a public relations effort or a 
proselytizing agenda. 

Overall in 2030, there will be a significant buzz of 
interfaith activity with Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant 
groups. Certain Muslim organizations may retain their 
proclivity toward hate literature — mostly aimed at Jews, 
Israelis, and Shi'as — but young Muslims involved in 
activities at the pan-European level will be very likely to 
interact with different-minded people through interfaith 
weekends and conferences. 

Attempts to build effective foreign policy lobbies on 




The poll's most thought-provoking section deals indi- 
rectly with the subject of political violence and terrorism. 
It shows a high percentage of Muslims in France (82 per- 
cent), Britain (89 percent), and Germany (91 percent) who 
think attacks that target civilians "cannot be justified at all." 
These figures are slightly lower than polling data drawn 
several years earlier from national populations — in which 
95 percent of the French public, 92 percent of the British, 
and 98 percent of Germans reportedly viewed any such 
attacks as insupportable. 

By 2030, a small but rising Muslim middle class, grown 
increasingly political, will swell Islamic organizations set up 
to cultivate community identification and religious practice. 
These Muslims will have been born and raised in Europe 
and be less likely to have lived at great length abroad. Many 
will be attuned to issues of prejudice from their experiences 
as university students or job seekers or simply as passengers 
on the metro. They will fix on the vulnerability to external 
attack of the Muslim world, from Afghanistan to Iran to 
Palestine, and on the yet-to-be-consolidated political status 
of the Muslim minority in Europe. They will tend to be 

behalf of Muslim interests will largely fail. Two major 
foreign policy developments have the potential to change 
the geopolitical landscape by 2030 — Turkey's accession to 
the EU and the creation of a Palestinian state or regional 
protectorate. Should either event take place, it will happen 
imperfectly: Critics will cite restrictions on the free move- 
ment of Turks and Turkey's limited institutional role within 
the European parliament and commission; Palestine will 
endure anti-Islamist military raids launched alternately by a 
NATO rapid-response coalition and the forces of Egyptian 
president Mubarak (fils). But once the Palestinian ques- 
tion, especially, has been partly resolved, applying salve to 
the open tensions between France's 10 million Muslims 
and one million Jews, there will be little consensus among 
Europe's Muslim organizations on what the next geopoliti- 
cal priorities should be. 


realm, the social integration of Muslims in Europe will 
encounter some limitations. European nations will do well 
to tend to domestic issues, as fears of a developing Muslim- 



origin underclass prove well founded in 2030 and unem- 
ployment in this group surpasses 1 5 percent. In an already 
swelling prison population, Muslim prisoners will make up 
a majority of the incarcerated. They will not be the central 
thread of Muslim Europe's tapestry, to be sure, but they 
will be used as an example by skeptics who will argue that 
Muslims will never fit into European society. 

Several countries will continue to restrict the migration 
of spouses. "Import brides" worry authorities, not simply 
because many of their marriages are forced or arranged but 
also because they renew the first-generation condition in 
which children are born into households that lack proficient 
speakers of the host language. 

Incoming spouses will have to fulfill age requirements 
(23 years) and attend a linguistic and cultural training 
course. Already, an immigration readiness test has been put 
in place by the Netherlands (in 2006), known in migrant 
circles as the "topless-homo test" because the video portion 
shows images of gay men kissing and a topless woman on 
a beach, as a way of ensuring that immigrants understand 
what to expect in their new culture. Black-market versions 

unambiguously state the right of all citizens to wear reli- 
gious garb (with the exception of facial coverings) in public 
buildings such as city halls. This resolution will demonstrate 
that peaceful mobilization can achieve change, but it will 
also spur the creation across France of dozens of Islamic 
schools under contract with the state. Muslim parents with 
the greatest concern about religious observance will send 
their girls to a subsidized religious school, as their Jewish 
and Catholic counterparts do. 

Also by 2030, honor killings of the sort that shocked 
Germany and Britain during the first decades of Muslim 
settlement will be classified as hate crimes against women 
under European law, imposing a mandatory additional 50 
percent in civil penalties to any criminal sentence. 


gration will come in two forms: terrorism and nativism. In 
2030, both the leaders of terrorist cells and the individu- 
als providing material support to them will be European 
born. The inspiring ideology will still come from abroad, 
but practically every terrorist incident and arrest will be 




of such exam videos will be available in many cities of ori- 
gin, as will advance copies of answer sheets. Women will be 
advised to avert their eyes at the appropriate moments in 
the video, a tactic not unlike that of the 1 9th-century Jews 
in Italian ghettos who put wax in their ears when forced 
to attend church. Associations representing immigrants 
will sue governments, arguing that the mandatory courses 
and examinations threaten their cultural heritage, but the 
European Court of Justice will uphold national government 
prerogatives in this area. 

In the years leading up to 2030, European governments 
will have made small concessions to religion in the public 
sphere — not only granting limited and voluntary jurisdic- 
tion to religious law in some civil cases but also laying out 
fair guidelines on the wearing of religious clothing in public 
institutions. In France, after persistent political mobiliza- 
tion by Muslim voters, the headscarf ban of 2004 will be 
reformed through a legislative review process. The law 
will effectively revert to the spirit of the compromises of 
the early 1990s, allowing schoolgirls who choose to wear a 
headscarf to do so during lunch recess. The new law will also 

homegrown. Suspects will have the full rights of citizenship, 
and European governments will not be able to deport them 
to Pakistan or Tunisia, or elsewhere, as the U.K. and Italian 
governments, for example, do today. 

Muslim associations and European governments will 
exchange court cases and victories: A new generation of 
human rights lawyers will undercut the widespread prac- 
tice of identity spot checks, even as governments gain new 
detention powers. Caught between the two, across Europe, 
will be thousands of new domestic intelligence agents of 
Muslim origin. Like the Italian-American FBI agents and 
district attorneys who helped cripple the Mafia in America's 
cities, Muslim European agents will help their respective 
states infiltrate and dismantle violent extremist networks. 
Police forces and Muslim communities will become increas- 
ingly interdependent, and the first Muslim prefects and 
commissioners will be appointed in a number of European 
cities. Security agencies in Germany and elsewhere will 
drop their objections to the formation of Muslim political 
parties, concentrating instead on remaining well informed 
of their ambitions. 


Meanwhile, the naturalization of Muslim terrorism with- 
in Europe will increase fears of a fifth column. In Denmark, 
the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, 
elected officials will propose laws requiring referendums 
on mosque construction and put forth proposals for mass 
deportation of illegal migrants from Muslim countries. 


to increase across the continent, so that by 2030 the ratio of 
Muslims to prayer spaces will be more in line with the ratio 
of Jews and Catholics to synagogues and churches. Both 
the funding and personnel for the new prayer spaces will 
come largely from abroad, increasingly channeled through 
European national Muslim associations. Europe will be 
a generation away from a fully native-born and locally 
trained imam corps, but a slight majority of imams will 
have received supplemental civic training through national 
integration programs (and some of them will serve as chap- 
lains in Europe's prisons). In every European country, the 
government will have created national and regional Islamic 
councils on a par with existing arrangements for address- 
ing the religious affairs of Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and 
other faith groups; indeed, the process of putting these in 
place is nearly completed. 

The overwhelming majority of fourth- and fifth-genera- 
tion Muslims in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, 
and elsewhere will settle into a minority group identity, 
referring to themselves as "European Muslims," socializing 
and engaging in organized political activities across borders. 
Relations will be tense between the established Muslim 
community and the steady stream of first-generation labor 
migrants from Turkey and North Africa, some of whom will 
create their own prayer spaces where they can freely speak 
their native tongues. 

The greatest commonality across the European nations' 
Muslim populations will be the entrenched divisions they 
all contain. Country of origin will remain a good predictor 
of religious practice and politics, although, increasingly, 
intermarriage between ethnicities (Turkish/Kurdish, Arab/ 
Berber) and nationalities (Turkish/German, Moroccan/ 
Algerian) and between Muslims and non-Muslims will 
confound categorization. The biggest internal community 
conflict will be over the role of religion in public life, pitting 
"political" Islam's staunch anti-modernists against Muslims 
loyal to some form of "embassy" Islam, whose institutions 
have been nurtured and frequently financed by countries 
of origin. 

These two strains will persist and indeed grow stron- 
ger. In most cities, there will be the "Turkish mosque," 
the "Pakistani mosque," the "Moroccan mosque," and the 
"Islamist mosque," and rarely if ever will the twain meet. 

In opinion polls in 2030, nearly all European Muslims 

will say that they fast during Ramadan and that they will 
make a pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetimes. Mosques on 
Fridays will not be quite as empty as Catholic and Protestant 
pews on Sundays but, like churches, Islamic houses of wor- 
ship will do their briskest trade on the holiest days of the 
year. Eid al Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al Fitr 
(the Festival of Fast-breaking) will be on their way to becom- 
ing official holidays in nearly all EU countries that have 
significant Muslim minorities. 

There will, however, be nothing resembling a pan- 
European iimmah (Muslim community), at least not yet. 
A European Fatwa Council will be created by European 
Muslims to interpret Islamic law and replace the hodge- 
podge of Internet imams and pay-as-you-go fatwas (legal 
rulings). This council will receive endorsements from reli- 
gious authorities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and 
Algeria but will not enjoy full legitimacy. It will aim to 
achieve the respect of the faithful over time. 


in 2030, it will be hard to recall the virulence with which 
activist groups fought mosque construction just decades 
earlier. Muslim terrorism will have faded as the driving force 
behind policy making with respect to Muslim concerns. As a 
result, the issue of integration will be put on a back burner, 
where it will benefit from being talked about less. Muslim 
leaders in 2030 will honor the groundbreakers of an ear- 
lier generation — including Wolfgang Schauble, Giuseppe 
Pisanu, Jack Straw, Prince Charles, Pierre Joxe, Jean-Pierre 
Chevenement, and Nicolas Sarkozy — who asserted that 
Muslims are a permanent component of European societ- 
ies, at a time when it was politically costly to do so. Those 
statesmen will be memorialized in the cornerstones of large 
central mosques and the dedication pages of locally printed 
Korans across the continent. 

In 2030, decades will have passed since a great minaret 
went up over Oxford, fulfilling the 18th-century historian 
Edward Gibbon's prophesy. Every capital city in Europe 
will have its own showcase mosque, or one in the planning 
stages. Those domes and towers will not be perceived as a 
threat to European civilization and its Christian roots. As 
the 20th-century French scholar Jacques Berque foretold, 
just as a distinctive North African Islam and an Indonesian 
Islam developed over time, so too will an Islam of Europe 
have germinated and begun to grow. ■ 

Jonathan Laurence is associate professor of political science at Boston 
College and the author of Integrating Islam: Political and Religious 
Challenges in Contemporary France (with Justin VaTsse, 2006). His 
essay is drawn and adapted by permission of Brookings Institution 
Press from a chapter he contributed to Europe 2030, edited by Daniel 
Benjamin. Copyright © 2010 by the Brookings Institution. The book 
may be ordered at a discount from the Boston College Bookstore via 



Work in progress 
Photographs by Lee Pellegrini 

Two days after the University's 133rd Commencement on May 18, 2009, four dozen 
men and women from departments across the University and a number of outside firms 
met around a large rectangle of conference tables in the Murray Room to begin prepara- 
tions for the 2010 Commencement, 369 days (and nearly 40 meetings, or sub-meetings) 
hence. Attendees compiled a list of key tactical issues, from bus choreography at the 
satellite parking areas to rain contingencies (2009 had been a raw and wet event). 
"Next time," noted Mary Lou DeLong, University secretary, chair of the Commencement 
committee, and a veteran of 26 commencements, "we have to control the chairs" — a 
reference to furniture borrowed from the VIP suites on the day of the ceremony. Dining 
Services was rethinking how to handle the post-Baccalaureate Mass buffet on O'Neill 
Plaza after some 7,000 hungry people arrived within 50 minutes last year; and discus- 
sions were underway with the city of Newton to assure a day off for the municipal road 
crew scheduled to resurface Commonwealth Avenue on May 24, 2010. 

The biggest change for Commencement 2010, however, was already more than a year 
in the planning, with the go-ahead coming from University President William P. Leahy, SJ, 

opposite: A worker checks the superstructure of the roof for the main stage. Fully assembled, it will be covered in maroon and white 
fabric and will stand 30 feet high. 


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opposite, top: With three weeks to go, Mary Lou DeLong (center, back to camera) chairs a May 3 meeting of the Commencement committee in the Murray Room. 
bottom: DeLong talks with John Tommaney, director of emergency management and preparedness, at the start of a May 1 7 review by bus of satellite parking and 
deployment plans for University, local, and state police, above, left: Fred Hinckley, Jr., applies a coat of stain to podiums to be used during Commencement events. 
right: Setting out chairs in Alumni Stadium— the new, three-part stage design prompted a revised seating plan, which required lengthening all wooden tracks. 

"even before Commencement 2009," according to DeLong: It would entaii a complete 
redesign of the physical frame of the University ceremony, specifically the dais on which 
festivities take place in Alumni Stadium, the subject of countless families' photographs, 
where the University's honorands and leaders convene. 

The same wooden platform and awning arrangement had been erected annually for 
the past 15 years, and its shortcomings had long been apparent. The stage was cramped 
and dark at the rear, the sight lines were poor, and, most important, it couldn't hold the 
faculty, whom senior administrators felt belonged on the stage but whose seats were on 
the field at either side. Dominated visually by a white awning, it lacked Boston College's 
emblems and colors. There was a need for "something distinctive, on a larger scale," says 
DeLong, "suitable to the size of the stadium and the significance of the day." 

Even so, the modest 15-year-old structure had itself been a sign of progress when 
introduced. It had superseded a flatbed trailer, which would be driven to the 40-yard 
line where its sides were folded down to create the stage. David Early, director of 
the University's Bureau of Conferences, recalls a harrowing moment during one Boston 




above, top row, left: Boston Hall, the site, in 1877, of the first Boston College Commencement, right: In 1915, the University conferred 76 degrees in its third 
year on the Chestnut Hill campus, bottom row, left: The 1919 Commencement on Alumni Field, now the Dustbowl, had a war-reduced graduating class of 85. 
right: In 1928, Cardinal William Henry O'Connell presented an honorary degree to philanthropist Mary Werner Roberts (kneeling), opposite, top: The 1938 
Commencement also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the University's founding, middle row, left: The 1952 Commencement was one of the last to take place 
on middle campus (Alumni Stadium would open in 1957). right: Close-up of the stage in 1960, when opera singer Marian Anderson and Robert F. Kennedy were 
honorands. bottom left: In 1977, the stage unfolded from a flatbed trailer, right: The stage in 2006, when Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was the speaker. 

College Commencement (he has seen 36, so far) when the hydraulics at one end of the 
trailer lost pressure, causing the platform to begin tilting. Quick shoring with blocks of 
wood by University workers averted a pileup of the rich and famous. 

In 1877, the inaugural Commencement had taken place in Boston College Hall, the 
auditorium in the school's first building, on Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End. 
(Prior to 1877 there were "exhibitions" of students' achievements but no formal com- 
mencements.). Events had run for three consecutive nights: The first evening, June 
26, featured lectures on pneumatics ("the physical properties of the air we breath," 
explained the program) and acoustics ("the sonorous wave"), capped by a demonstra- 
tion of "Bell's telephone." The following night, members of the sophomore class pre- 
sented the Latin drama Philedonus, or the Romance of a Rich Young Man. On the final 
night, as the Boston Daily Globe reported, students debated the question, "Which is the 
best form of government?" (Democracy won.) Governor Alexander H. Rice addressed 
the audience, then University President Robert Fulton, SJ, presented Bachelor of Arts 
degrees to 10 students. 


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raise one of two 2,000-lb. speaker units planned for the towers on either side of the main stage, above, left: University hosts, primarily staff volunteers, at their May 
20 orientation in Conte Forum, right: As guests begin to arrive at Alumni Stadium for the 2010 ceremonies, Russ Ventura of the Career Center unpacks programs. 

The staging for the 2010 Commencement, an event that involved 3,500 degree recipi- 
ents and some 18,000 guests, was designed by Keith Ake in the Office of Marketing Com- 
munications (also a designer for this magazine). It comprised a central platform for senior 
administrators, trustees, and honorands that is 40 feet wide and 28 feet deep, with a roof 
33 feet above, flanked by two slightly larger stages to accommodate faculty. (Originally 
conceived as a single large structure, the plan quickly morphed into a triptych.) In all, 
the footprint was three times larger than the previous version. Constructed of webbed 
aluminum girders, the framework resembled a massive erector set before being wrapped 
in "DuPontType 66 Bright Nylon Solarmax" maroon bunting. 

Beginning on the Tuesday prior to the ceremony, the three modules were assembled, 
on-site, with finishing touches applied Saturday— except for one of the two University 
shields meant to hang on the stage backdrop. It was missing and had to be couriered from 
the fabricator in Tennessee to Ake's home that night and installed Sunday morning. 

Dressed in University-hued, maroon and gold mesh vinyl fabric (the material provides 
the appearance of a solid backdrop while allowing airflow, to avoid flapping), the entire 




above: The Commencement command center in Conte Forum, opposite: After more than a year's planning and a week's construction, the 134th Commencement 
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structure was anchored by a long row of barrels containing 30,000 pounds of water. It 
stayed put through the ceremony. 

Two days after the 134th Commencement, the 2010 committee met for a postmor- 
tem: One student had been reported missing, but campus police found him asleep in a 
friend's room and ferried him to Alumni Stadium in time. Campus Police Captain Margaret 
Connolly reported several cranky exchanges during dorm move out, probably triggered 
by the 82-degree temperature. Michael Kan-n of Dining Services announced a count of 
1 9,000 bottles of water distributed in Alumni Stadium and 1 ,200 gallons at the individual 
events on middle campus. A special cache of 15,000 rain ponchos purchased by DeLong 
was never called into action. Transportation had run smoothly, the ceremony in Alumni 
Stadium was but minutes off schedule, and the new stage had served. The ponchos went 
into storage. — Thomas Cooper 

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<m^ at her house on Cape Cod, my mother handed me a tin box embossed with 
Victorian-style cupids that had once held a fruitcake. "Here," she said. "I found this at the 
back of a shelf when I was going through boxes in the garage. I think it belongs to you." 

She was wearing a bathing suit while cleaning out the should mention that she was very beautiful when my father 
garage, a blue-flowered affair; my mother is in her seven- met her in the office of my uncle's advertising agency, where 
ties, and her confidence in bathing suits is still remarkable. I she was the secretary. So beautiful that during their honey- 
moon at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Marlon Brando, 

opposite: Mementos from the life of Lucile Kroger Berne who was staying there while he filmed Mutiny on the Bounty, 

photograph: Sonia Mead 

SUMMER 20IO •> BCM 31 

saw her on the beach building a sand castle and offered to 
help. My father was reading in a beach chair. My mother 
and Marlon Brando built their sand castle and chatted for a 
bit; then he asked if she'd like to take a shower with him, at 
which point my father prudently put down his book and got 
out of his chair. 

So I was complimenting my mother on her bathing suit 
that afternoon in the garage a few summers ago, and not 
really looking at what she was handing me, until I got back 
inside the house. It was a tin manufactured in Germany, 
made to look old, but not old. I'd had it in my room all 
through adolescence, though I rarely opened its hinged lid. 
Still, I recall considering that fruitcake tin one of my sig- 
nificant possessions. In it I had placed a few odds and ends 
I'd taken away with me from my grandfather's attic after he 
died in 1973, items that I'd left behind when I moved out of 
my mother's house a year after she and my father divorced. 
Until that afternoon when I lifted the lid and caught a whiff 
of cork, I had not thought of my grandfather's attic in over 
20 years. 

So much had transpired since then to make me forget 
it, including my father's remarriage, and my own wedding, 

sense.) Worse, none of his children got on with his new wife. 
She thought we were selfish, and at the time, he agreed with 
her. Maybe we were. Though that's not how I remember it; 
more that we were rather too anxious to please. In any case, 
my father had a long history of blaming his troubles on who- 
ever, at the moment, seemed to be causing them, and for the 
moment it was all of us. So he vanished. 

My brother maintained occasional contact with him and 
would periodically report that my father was in Richmond, 
or Ocean City, or Chapel Hill. What he was doing seemed as 
provisional as where he was living. Running a T-shirt shop; 
planning to start a bakery; learning massage techniques. 
Now I can see that he was a man marked by terrors and 
doubts, which he was trying to erase, even at the risk of rub- 
bing himself out. But of course I did not see that then, and 
even if I had it wouldn't have made much difference. 

During those eight years I pretended not to miss my 
father, but I saw him in any tallish bespectacled gray-haired 
man who walked with his fists cocked backward and his 
shoulders rounded forward. At a rest stop in Utah, on a 
San Francisco street corner overlooking the bay, in a dingy 
Cambridge laundry with a gray linoleum floor. One brilliant 

It's a strange story, and I tell it not in the spirit of 
recrimination, but explanation. Soon after I left college 
my father disappeared. For eight years, I did not have 
an address for him or a telephone number. 

which my father did not attend, and the weddings of my 
two younger sisters, which he didn't attend either, and the 
births of my children, whom he scarcely knew. It's a strange 
story, what happened to us, and I tell it here not in the spirit 
of recrimination, but of explanation: Soon after I left col- 
lege my father disappeared. For eight years, I did not have 
an address for him or a telephone number. Various reasons 
contributed to his disappearance. After their divorce, he 
and my mother argued over money. He meanwhile had lost 
a lot of it, though not to her; he was always incompetent 
with money, which he never seemed to understand except 
as a way to get out of things he did not want to do, a prob- 
lematic attitude compounded by extravagance — he loved 
to give generous presents — and unwise investments, like 
buying a herd of Black Angus cattle that almost immediately 
contracted hoof-and-mouth disease. (My mother, on the 
other hand, who had grown up poor, had excellent business 

afternoon I saw him in Monte Carlo, where I had stopped 
for a day with my husband a few years before we were mar- 
ried, on a trip from Italy to Spain. My father was reading the 
paper at a little green metal table in an outdoor cafe. Beside 
the table sat a lemon tree in an orange clay pot. People in 
sunglasses walked back and forth on the sidewalk, on their 
way to the beach or the casinos. I can still see him so clearly: 
his large shapely hand holding up the newspaper, sunlight 
shining hotly on the green metal tabletop and along the 
glossy dark leaves of the lemon tree. I am still stunned when 
the paper lowers and the face behind it belongs to a stranger. 
More time passed. Slowly my father reappeared, com- 
ing gradually into focus like a figure in a Polaroid print. I 
was living outside of Boston by then. He called a few times. 
He made a few brief visits. Very awkward visits, which 
demanded courage on his part. His marriage ended; the 
calls and visits increased. Yet despite sincere efforts on 


his part ro make amends, which I appreciated bur found 
hard ro accept, there wasn't much left between us. We no 
longer had friends or acquaintances in common — most of 
them had fallen away after his second divorce; and family 
was a subject to be avoided, since he was barely speaking to 
most of my sisters, or they to him, and he certainly wasn't 
speaking to my mother, whom he blamed for their divorce, 
though he had left her for another woman. I couldn't refer 
to him as "my father" without feeling slightly false. It wasn't 
a term rhat quite applied to him, something he seemed to 
feel even more strongly than I did. 

Seeing me with my children, for instance, did not prompt 
his memories of being a parent, only memories of himself as 
a child and the parenting he hadn'r received. When we spoke 
on rhe phone, our conversations inevitably reverted to his 
sad childhood, perhaps because he sensed it was the one 
parr of his life that continued to exert an almost tidal pull on 
me. The bad nanny, the weak father, the careless aunts and 
uncles. But most of all the missing mother who died when 
he was a little boy and had never really loved him. As if the 
entire middle period of his life, the years between being a 
child and an elderly man, had never existed. 

Though he was clearly lonely and wanted to talk, I 
dreaded those calls. I let the answering machine pick up for 
me, and when I did pick up the phone myself it would often 
be at a time when I knew I'd have to leave soon to fetch the 
children from school or a play date. The back of my throat 
would start to ache. When I hung up, I felt guilty and sad, 
ashamed of my unwillingness to give him what he was call- 
ing for, which was reassurance that he was not alone in the 
world, but also deeply furious. Why should I feel sorry for 
him? He was the one who had vanished. 



\* a ^S been lost. And yet as I stood there staring at the 
jumbled contents of that fruitcake tin, it was as if no time 
had passed at all. There was my grandfather's attic, in all its 
manifold confusion, still waiting for someone to sort it out. 

A complete list of the tin's contents, in no particular 

1. A small navy-blue leatherbound gilt-edged book 
stamped TAGEBUCH, or travel diary, which contains 14 
pages of a journal that my grandmother Lucile Kroger kept 
at Wellesley at the beginning of 1911, rhe last semester 
of her senior year. Within this journal are also 1 2 loose 
notebook page entries, half of them written in French, all 
that survives of a record she kept of the year she spent in 
France between 1919 and 1920 as a relief worker with the 
Wellesley College Reconstruction Unit. 

The rest of the tagebuch's pages are blank, save for rhe 

very back of the book which contains several long lists 
of expenditures, mostly for groceries, dated the month of 
January, year unknown. 

2. Two booklets of postcards she brought back from 
France, depicting the devastation after the Great War. 
One of the booklets, Ruines de Lens, shows before and after 
scenes on alternating postcards. A terrible magic trick. On 
the postcard to the left: a prosperous French boulevard with 
a vegetable market, a school, rows of tidy brick storefronts. 
Now the postcard to the right: the same view — except it's 
a twisted metal gate opening onto piles of dirt and rubble. 
The other booklet gives postcard views of the stark lunar 
aftermath of the Battle of the Somme. 

3. An olive-drab cardboard packet, a Kodak Album 
Classeur of undeveloped negatives of pictures taken in 
France, each one neatly identified in my grandmother's 
handwriting on several pages labeled SUJET at the back 
of the packet. When I first held these negatives up to the 
light, I saw that several of them were of a handsome man in 
uniform. He was identified only as "Brigadier." The other 
repeated sujet was a big shepherd dog named Wolf. 

4. A crumbling black leather scrapbook of snapshots she 
had taken of friends and family in Cincinnati with her No. 2 
Brownie box camera and also on a holiday in Michigan, 
between 1904 and 1905. 

5. Her engraved metal bookplate stamp, which reads EX 
LIBRIS and below that, Lucile I. Kroger, in gothic script. It 
depicts a cozy library scene with a bench and an enormous 
stone fireplace and a mantel with framed pictures resting 
on it, surrounded by leafy trees instead of walls. The Three 
Bears' reading room. 

6. A small bronze French medal with ALSACE engraved 
in the upper left-hand corner and, below, the embossed pro- 
file of a beautiful, stern-faced young woman in an elaborate 
medieval-looking headdress. On the reverse side, a pair of 
storks nest on a steep rooftop. A commemorative medal. 
But what does it commemorate? 

7. A battered, annotated copy of Washington Irving's Life 
of Oliver Goldsmith, which Lucile read as a teenager when 
she attended the Collegiate School for Girls in Washington, 
D.C. A book that she underlined here and there, occasion- 
ally adding penciled comments. This stanza of a poem by 
the impecunious Goldsmith, written after a gift of some 
game from his patron, Lord Clare, received her particular 

But hang it — to poets, who seldom can eat, 
Your very good mutton's a very good treat; 
Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; 
It's like sending diem ruffles, when wanting a shirt. 

"Condition of poets in age of changing standards," noted 
Lucile dutifully in the margin. Alas, she was wrong, the 

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Lucile Kroger in 1919 or 1920, while serving as a relief worker in France 

condition of poets, who are always needing shirts but get- 
ting ruffles, never changes much, age to age, which is why 
Goldsmith italicized that last line. Neither does the condi- 
tion of collegiate girls, who will always read more dutifully 
than thoughtfully. 

8. A green paper-covered exercise book in which she 
copied out poems to practice her penmanship, probably in 
grammar school. It's a collection of remarkable variety, ren- 
dered without editorial comment, from "Pitty Pat's Prayer" 
("We've a dear little damsel we call / Pitty Pat / She's got a 
wee kitten she calls / Kitty Cat") all the way to Byron's "The 
Field of Waterloo" ("Stop! For thy tread is on an empire's 
dust! / An earthquake's spoil is sepulchered below!") 

9. A few gold hatpins and four or five brooches, includ- 
ing her Shakespeare Society pin from Wellesley — a bronze 

tragicomic mask with a silver quill pen stuck through one 
eye — and some little bar pins for holding one's bra straps 
in place. 

10. And finally a silver charm bracelet that has, among its 
other charms, a tiny matchbook stamped "HOT TIP," a min- 
iscule pack of Chesterfield cigarettes, and a marriage license 
that opens to reveal the words "State of Bliss." 

This is what I have: Snips of historical DNA. Some photo- 
graphs. A letter. A fruitcake tin embossed with cupids which 
holds a minute helix of allusions to a long-dead woman who 
contributed one-quarter of my genetic makeup, along with 
possible freaks of temperament. Though I wonder if I had 
more whether I would make less of it. 

Actually, it's a sizeable archive in its way, an archive of 
oddments, things that mattered to Lucile, if only briefly, and 


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photograph: Courtesy of Suzanne Berne 

that from the beginning suggested I might discover some- 
thing meaningful about her if I could only arrange them 
in the right order. Or perhaps it's more like a crossword 
puzzle, with hints and riddles as well as blank squares that 
I would never fill in. Which is as it should be. Every life has 
its blank squares. 



M. anything with that packet of negatives. It was late 
spring and I decided to take the negatives to a camera shop 
that specialized in archival photographs. When I found out 
how much it was going to cost to print them, I almost lost 
my curiosity and left. But I had paid for parking, and the pale 
young woman with orange spiked hair behind the counter 
was looking at me expectantly, so I handed her the packet 
and went home with a wan sense of being about to invest 
more than I had intended or could really afford. 

After I got the negatives printed, I had one print enlarged 
and framed, and sent it to my father. I was not there when 
he received this photograph, but knowing his habits, I can 
imagine the scene. 

A sunny, mild afternoon in early October. Wearing a 

Back in his darkened living room he parks his cane 
against the sofa and struggles once more with the zipper 
on his windbreaker, then takes off his cap. Freed at last, 
he opens the flap of the envelope cautiously and draws out 
a large framed photograph, which he brings close to the 
window to examine. The Levolor blinds on the window 
are dusty. Several minutes later he is still standing by the 
window, staring through slatted light at the face that stares 
back at him. A faint chord sounds in the distance, a doorbell 
ringing in another apartment. 



alone, wearing a smart-looking high-belted black 
wool suit and a black felt hat that is not especially flatter- 
ing. A bit of a breeze has caught in her skirt. On her feet are 
sturdy black oxfords. Her hands hang at her sides as if she's 
standing at attention, though there's a convivial slouch to 
her shoulders. Behind her, leaning against the plank wall, is 
a rifle. She is smiling with good-humored impatience, the 
slightly challenging, evasive look of someone who knows 
she is not particularly photogenic, who knows that she will 
be misunderstood in some essential way by the camera and 

This is what I have. A fruitcake tin which holds a 
minute helix of allusions to a long-dead woman who 
contributed one-quarter of my genetic makeup, 
along with possible freaks of temperament. 

gray wool cap and his blue windbreaker with the reluctant 
zipper — which has just cost him several minutes of irritated 
fumbling — my father takes his cane and ventures out to 
his mailbox, one of a bank of mailboxes set into the wall 
of a covered walkway beside the parking lot. Visiting his 
mailbox is an event in his day, so it is with modest but real 
ceremony that he opens the little brass mailbox door with 
his key. To his surprise, instead of the usual assortment 
of bills that he will put off paying, then forget about, his 
mailbox holds a padded manila envelope, which he pulls 
out along with a few circulars. On the way back to his apart- 
ment he pauses to look up and admire, as he always does, 
the European larch that grows outside the entrance to his 
section of the apartment complex. A light breeze kicks up 
the slender leaves of the larch tree. 

still cares enough to find this regrettable. Who knows, also, 
not to be disconcerted by the presence of a rifle. 

But there's a complicity in that smile as well, hinted in 
the amusement playing about the corners of her mouth, 
a qualified assent to something that's just been said or to a 
question just asked. 

All right go ahead, that smile seems to say. Go ahead and 
take my picture. 

If you can. ■ 

The author of three novels, Suzanne Berne teaches writing in the 
English department. This essay is excerpted by permission from her 
memoir Missing Lucile: Memories of a Grandmother I Never Knew, which 
will be published in October by Algonquin Books. Copyright © 2010 by 
Suzanne Berne. The book may ordered at a discount from the Boston 
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36 New balance 

The Catholic South rises 

38 Know each other 

The last 40 years of Christian- 
Jewish relations 

New balance 

By John L. Allen, Jr. 

The Catholic South rises 



_l_ Rahner once said that, in the long 
run, the importance of the Second Vatican 
Council in the mid- 1 960s is that it marked 
the emergence of Catholicism as a self- 
consciously global family of faith. Rahner 
was making a kind of theological argu- 
ment. What I want to argue is that Catholic 
demography in the early 21st century con- 
firms empirically what Rahner contended 

At the dawn of the 20th century, there 
were 266 million Catholics in the world, 
of whom 200 million lived in Europe 
and North America and just 66 million 
(25 percent) lived on the rest of the planet, 
principally in Latin America. In other 
words, roughly a hundred years ago, 
the demographic profile of the Catholic 
Church was essentially what it was at the 
time of the Council of Trent in 1545 — 
overwhelmingly white and First World. 

By the year 2000, the balance had 
shifted. With 1 . 1 billion Catholics in the 
world, almost 66 percent of them lived in 
what is loosely referred to as "the South" 
(including Latin America, sub-Saharan 
Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast 
Asia, and the Pacific islands). Roll the 
clock forward to 2050, and the projection 
is that the South's share of Catholics will 
rise to 75 percent — a figure that sums up 
the most rapid and profound transforma- 
tion of Catholic demography in 2,000 
years of Church history. The period we 
are living through now is comparable to 
that moment in the first century when St. 
Paul left Palestine for Damascus, Greece, 
and Rome, thereby transforming primitive 
Christianity from a sect within Palestinian 
Judaism to a religious movement. 

The question is: As southern Catholics 
inevitably and increasingly set the tone 
for the Church, what is Catholicism in 


African bishops and cardinals attend Mass at the conclusion of their synod in Rome, October 25, 2009. 

the 21st century going to be like? For one 
thing, Catholics in the global South — from 
bishops to clergy to laity — will seem to 
European and American eyes fairly tradi- 
tional on matters of sexual morality and 
fairlv progressive on just about everything 
else. On abortion, gay rights, gender roles, 
and the family, there is a consensus in the 
southern Catholic Church, as in south- 
ern cultures generally, that is markedly 
conservative. To see how that has played 
out so far in a different Christian context, 
consider the Anglican communion today, 
in which liberal Anglican churches in the 
United States, Great Britain, and Canada 
are pressing ahead with the blessing 
of same-sex unions and the ordination of 
openly gay bishops and meeting ferocious 
resistance from the Anglican constituency 
in the South, particularly in Africa. With 
41 million of the 79 million Anglicans 
in the world now living in Africa (and 

with more practicing Anglicans living in 
Nigeria than in Great Britain), we can see 
which way the winds blow on these issues. 

However, change the subject from 
culture wars to other issues — the ethics 
of free market global capitalism, war and 
peace, race relations, the environment, 
the arms race — and a consensus becomes 
apparent across southern Catholicism 
that by western standards seems liberal, 
and even progressive. (It bears noting, 
though, that this division of humanity into 
liberals and conservatives is a northern 
taxonomy. Such categories don't occur 
to most people in the South.) Since the 
United States-led incursion into Iraq in 
March 2003, 1 have interviewed some 300 
Catholic bishops in the South, and I have 
not found one who isn't convinced that 
the invasion failed the Catholic Church's 
tests for a just war. 

Further complicating this picture is the 

fact that the ethos of Catholicism in the 
South is heavily biblical and supernatural. 
It is tied less to abstract scholastic theol- 
ogy and more to the Bible's narrative 
universe and world-view, particularly the 
Old Testament and the Synoptic Gospels. 
Miracles, revelations, exorcisms, demonic 
combat — all of which in western culture 
can seem quaint or arcane or oft-putting — 
are part of the routine of spiritual life 
in the South. The supernatural is close. 
People sense it. And they live in lively 
expectation that it is going to erupt in their 
daily experience. 

This has practical consequences. How 
do you address health care, for instance, 
in a culture where the default interpre- 
tation ot illness is not merely physical 
cause and effect but also the operation 
of malign spirits? Treating the physical 
source without attention to the spiritual 
realm in which healing must also take 

image: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images 



place will address only half the problem. 
Increasingly, the palpable nearness of the 
supernatural will be woven into the fabric 
of Catholicism in the 2 1 st century. 


see competition for souls arising from a 
different source than do their northern 
counterparts. In western Europe, and on 
the East Coast of the United States, we 
habitually think that the Church's major 
competitor is secularism. But often in the 
South, you have to look hard to find a sec- 
ularist. Secularism simply does not have 
a serious sociological footprint outside of 
the West. The reality in most of the world 
is the competitive dynamic of a flourish- 
ing religious marketplace. The typical 
Catholic bishop in sub-Saharan Africa, 
or in Southeast Asia, or in most of Latin 
America is worried about losing people to 
Christian Pentecostalism. In some parts 
of sub-Saharan Africa, new iterations of 
indigenous religions also raise concern. 
And in parts of India, militant nationalist 
Hinduism is a perceived threat. 

Most people around the world do not 
choose between belief and disbelief. 
Rather, they shop for the particular brand 
of religion that suits them best. The Cath- 
olic Church in the South is not, in the 
main, fighting abstract intellectual battles. 
It is fighting pastoral battles. Southern 
bishops' primary concern is that the Pen- 
tecostals are doing a better job of holding 
midweek prayer nights and organizing 
youth ministries. The focus of southern 
Catholicism for the foreseeable future is 
likely to be at this practical level. 


population division, 90 percent of the 
world's people under 14 years of age live 
in the South. If there is one defining char- 
acteristic of southern Catholicism, that is 
it. I have been to eight countries in sub- 
Saharan Africa, and I have visited many a 
Catholic parish out in the bush. Most of 
the time, when you attend Sunday Mass in 
such places, you are not sure if you are in a 
church or a daycare center. Kids are liter- 
ally hanging from the rafters. 

Young people tend to inject a sense 
of optimism, a vision of the future taking 
shape. And so there is a shared outlook 
among southern Catholic leaders— among 

bishops and clergy, members of religious 
communities, theologians, and the laity. 
They are convinced that their historical 
time has come. 

To appreciate the significance of this 
view, one need only compare the synod 
of African bishops convened in 1994 to 
the one that took place 1 5 years later, 
in October 2009. In 1994, the African 
bishops went to Rome essentially to get 
instructions from the home office. They 
returned last year in a markedly different 
spirit, aware of their role in the part of the 
world where the Church is growing most 
rapidly, and ready to engage in conversa- 

tion about the Church's future. There is 
now a determination in the global South to 
set the tone for the Church. The southern 
moment has arrived. ■ 

John L. Allen, Jr., is the Vatican correspon- 
dent for the National Catholic Reporter and 
author of The Future Church: How Ten Trends 
Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church 
(2009). His essay is drawn from a talk he 
gave in Conte Forum May 5 sponsored by 
the Church in the 21st Century Center. 

John Alien's talk "The Future Church" 
can be viewed at Full Story, 

Know each other 

By Bishop Richard J. Sklba 

The last 40 years of Christian-Jewish relations 

Council's Declaration on the Relation- 
ship of the Church to Non-Christian Reli- 
gions (Nostra Aetate) represented a remark- 
able reversal of the Catholic Church's 
teachings on Judaism — from what theo- 
logians characterized as a "teaching of 
contempt" for Judaism to one of respect in 
view of "the spiritual patrimony common 
to Christians and Jews." 

With this reversal gradually came pub- 
lic apologies, the cleansing of catechetical 
materials, invitations for dialogue to bet- 
ter understand each other's truth, and the 
search for concrete ways to link Christians 
and Jews in service to the larger communi- 
ty. For Catholics, the journey has entailed 
the recognition that the Church cannot 
truly be Christian without accepting its 
Jewish roots and inherently Jewish char- 
acter. There is thus a certain asymmetry 
in the new relationship, as Rome's chief 
rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, has noted: "The 
Christian cannot do without Israel; the 
Jew, in his faith, must do without Christ." 

The Jewish community has been 
responsive to the Church's efforts and 

also wary. Many times over the past two 
millennia, periods of tolerance have blos- 
somed into mutual respect and then shift- 
ed into intolerance and persecution. 

Recent events have, in fact, evinced 
concern among both Jewish and Catholic 
leaders. For example, the Church's 2008 
revision of the Good Friday prayers in the 
1 962 Latin Missal, already scrubbed of 
the phrase "pro perfidis Judaeis" — a refer- 
ence to Jewish "perfidy" — reintroduced 
the problematic notion of conversion: "Let 
us pray for the Jews," the text now reads, 
"that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ, 
the Savior of all men." 

The conversion issue surfaced again in 
2009, with publication, by a committee of 
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 
(USCCB), of a "Note on Ambiguities 
Contained in 'Reflections on Covenant 
and Mission.'" The original "Reflections," 
written by a bishops' advisory group and 
published on the USCCB website in 
2002, had concluded that targeting Jews 
for conversion was "no longer theologi- 
cally acceptable." But in their clarification, 
published in July 2009, the bishops chose 



instead to stress that for Catholics Christ 
fulfills "the special relationship that God 
established with Israel." They continued: 
"Though Christian participation in inter- 
religious dialogue would not normally 
include an explicit invitation to baptism 
and entrance into the church, the Christian 
dialogue partner is always giving witness 
to the following of Christ, to which all are 
implicitly invited." After complaints from 
U.S. Jewish leaders, that offending sen- 
tence was excised. It was an unsuccessful 
attempt at clarification, to be sure. 

A final example of recent tensions — 
and a highly public one — followed Pope 
Benedict's initial conciliatory gesture 
in 2009 toward four bishops from the 
Tridentine Society of Pius X Lefebvrite 
community, when it came to light that one 
had been a blatant Holocaust denier. 

In each instance, we might explain the 
intentions and the human errors involved, 
or clarify the inner Catholic controversies. 
But the fact remains that the composite of 
such examples leads to legitimate concern 
about the possibility of yet another return 
to intolerance, hostility, and persecution. 

We now have some serious inside- 
Catholic, or inside-Christian, issues to 
resolve, and our Jewish partners in dia- 
logue need to understand them and be 
patient with us. For example, we need to 
find a way to maintain both our commit- 
ment to seeing Judaism as an irrevocably 
valid, enduring witness to God's action, 
and our Christian conviction that Christ 
is the agent of universal redemption. Or, 
relatedly, Christians must harmonize the 
sayings of Paul to the Romans, which 
declare that "the gifts and the calling of 
God [to the Jews] are irrevocable" with 
an apparent claim of the Epistle to the 
Hebrews that Christians have superseded 
Jews in God's plan of salvation — without 
dismissing either. (Nostra Aetate virtually 
ignored the Epistle to the Hebrews.) 

It would signify growing maturity in 
our relationship if Christians and Jews 
came to understand such intracommunity 
dynamics for what they are — theological 
problems that require time and imagina- 
tion — and did not read into contemporary 
theological disputation a desire, by the 
Church, to roll back advances made since 
Vatican II. That, however, is a challenge 
not easily sorted out, especially in the 

glow of the media. Another sign of inter- 
religious maturity will be when, as we deal 
with our own problems, we remain alert 
to how people who do not share our his- 
tory might misunderstand us. 

Marriage counselors tell us that one 
test of a healthy marriage is how a couple 
argues. An argument, addressed seri- 
ously, can signify a commitment to com- 
ing to grips with something that matters. 
Similarly, serious disagreements between 
communities can be healthy and even ben- 
eficial. We must care enough to argue. 

This type of clarity in communication 
began during Vatican II, when Jewish 
guest observers were encouraged to offer 
reactions to proposed documents or to 
debates on the Council floor. The public 
response from Jewish leaders to the bish- 
ops' "Note on Ambiguities," signed by 
four major American Jewish synagogue 
organizations and the Anti-Defamation 
League, was similarly healthy, in addition 
to being careful, pointed, and, at least in 
my judgment, angry. "The new statement," 
wrote the Jewish leaders, "espouses a 
view of the objective of Jewish-Christian 
dialogue that threatens the mutuality and 
efficaciousness of the entire project." The 
letter demonstrated a new level of confi- 
dence that we can speak to each other in 
that tone and with that level of authority. 

One thing we have learned from these 
years of dialogue is the requirement of 
knowing each other accurately. Vatican 
IPs Decree on Ecumenism (1964), which 
addressed the Church's relationship with 
other Christian churches and denomina- 
tions, pointed out as a first principle the 
obligation to "avoid expressions, judg- 
ments, and actions which do not represent 
[the other] with truth and fairness and so 
make mutual relations . . . more difficult." 
That means never to presume we can 
explain the others' belief without using 
their words, citing their traditions, and 
ensuring the accuracy of our references. 
Documents and statements from the Holy 
See and the USCCB have repeatedly 
given directives on how to preach and 
teach correctly about Judaism and events 
of the New Testament. (For example, in 
2004, the USCCB published The Bible, the 
jews and the Death of Jesus: A Collection of 
Catholic Documents, as a response to the 
Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ.) 

The various centers for Jewish-Christian 
understanding at Catholic universities 
and theological institutes provide another 
vehicle to advance this understanding. 

Once we appreciate each other's reli- 
gious traditions and practices correctly, 
we will be better able to grasp that what 
may appear as resistance to interreligious 
understanding may be in fact a very differ- 
ent reality. Consider the understandable 
pressure for the Holy See to recognize the 
State of Israel diplomatically. We can eas- 
ily overlook the fact that the Holy See only 
entered into full diplomatic relations with 
the United States in 1984, more than two 
centuries after the American Revolution — 
and even then, against the wishes of the 
American episcopate. It occurred at the 
insistence of the Reagan administration, 
which wanted a formal relationship with 
the Vatican so as to be able to circumvent 
or influence, through Rome, the American 
Catholic bishops' moral critique of U.S. 
economic and military policies. 

As to the question posed by this con- 
ference — whether this or any other era 
is a "golden age" of Jewish-Christian 
relations — a judgment here must be tenta- 
tive, especially after only 40-plus years 
of Vatican II influence. The number 40, 
however, is significant in biblical lore: the 
40 years of Israel in the desert, the 40 days 
of Moses on Mount Sinai, Elijah's 40-day 
journey to Mount Horeb, the 40 days of 
Jesus in the desert, or his 40 days of life 
with his disciples after the Resurrection. 
In all these cases, "40" presages a period 
of grace and preparation for a new action 
or revelation of God. It may well be that 
these years since Nostra Aetate have been a 
time of preparation for a new beginning in 
Christian-Jewish relations, a better begin- 
ning than we made of it the first time, two 
millennia ago. ■ 

Richard J. Sklba is vicar general and auxiliary 
bishop of Milwaukee. From 2005 to 2008, 
he chaired the U.S. Conference of Catholic 
Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and 
Interreligious Affairs. His essay is drawn from 
a talk on April 14 at a conference organized 
by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. 

Bishop Sklba's talk, "Is This the 
Golden Age of Christian-Jewish 
Relations?" can be viewed at Ful 




41 Scalawag days 

Coming of age on the waterfront 

43 Breaking in 

Working with Conan, seriously 

44 Complications 

The messy reality of health care costs 

45 Thoreau's apple trees 

A poem 





Sir Isaac Newton's groundbreaking work on classical mechanics, Philosophiae Naturalis 
Principia AAathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), was first 
published in London in 1687. In it, Newton (1642-1727), a Cambridge University 
mathematics professor, expounded the laws of motion and universal gravitation. 
Albert Einstein declared Principia to be "perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that 
it has ever been granted to any man to make." This 10-inch-tall volume, from the 
initial printing of 250 copies, was acquired by the Burns Library from an antiquarian 
bookseller in January. 






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photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

Dock workers, East Coast (date unknown) 


By Jim Cotter '59 with Paul Kenney 

Coming of age on the waterfront 

the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, in the section of 
Savin Hill known to the locals as OTB — over the bridge. It was a 
working-class neighborhood and the only difference, on the OTB 
side, was we had a large number of single-family homes, which in 
the 1940s and 1950s were considered quite a luxury. 

Back then Savin Hill was the bluest of blue-collar neighbor- 
hoods, a tightly packed community of laborers who patronized 
the local tavern during the week and the parish church on Sunday. 
The mothers stayed home with their kids, and the fathers took tbe 
MTA to work. John Walsh and Mac McCarthy were the only two 
men I knew who wore suits and ties to their jobs. All the rest were 
blue-collar. Red Benson worked at a gas station. Buster Connors 
was a linoleum layer, Frank Kelly was a fireman, Ray Gaudet 
worked at a factory, Joe Peecha worked at a package store, and 
Tommy Meehan was a bookie. My father, Les Cotter — 5 feet 1 1 
inches, 220 pounds, and a tough son of a gun who could hit like a 
mule — was a longshoreman. 

His father, my Grandpa Cotter, was a veterinarian who had 
1 1 children. One day when my father was still living at home, his 
youngest brother came running into the house, saying that Uncle 
Jim had just been beat up by a police officer, a guy with a reputa- 
tion for being a nasty piece of work. My grandfather told Dad to 
go down to the corner and "take care of the situation" — and added 
that he would probably have to get out of town for a while. Dad 
put the officer in the hospital, and Grandpa Cotter sent him to stay 
with a former classmate in Washington, D.C., where he had gone 
to veterinary school. Dad's exile worked out all right, though: He 
worked on the docks in D.C. and Baltimore for two years, learning 
the longshoreman's trade, until the incident blew over and he could 
come back. 

At some point Dad became a stevedore — the hiring boss. When 
a ship came in, it was up to him to organize gangs of workers to 
unload it. In some ways it was a pretty good deal, because the 
stevedores were on salary and they got paid whether they worked 
or not. But if Dad could have had his way, I think he would have 

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stayed a gang boss. Then you're in charge of your gang, and that's 
it; there's no responsibility to speak of. 

If a ship doesn't get unloaded and out of port in 20 hours, 
money is lost. After a while the pressure got to Dad; he would start 
drinking as soon as a ship came in. He just needed a little fortifica- 
tion in him, he'd say. He'd go down to the captain's office for his 
fortification. The captains knew that without the cooperation of 
the stevedore, they would never get offloaded on schedule, so they 
always took good care of him. Many times Dad would be sober 
when a ship came in and drunk by the time it sailed out. 

I was 13 when I started working for my dad. That night a ship 
had come in carrying bales of wool. To unload wool, you worked 

I bumped into the guy we thought was the plant, 

almost knocking him off the gangplank to keep him from 

seeing Benson. This kind of thing went on all day. 

with a partner: You'd back a two-wheeled cart into a bale, your 
partner would hook the bale and move it into the cart, and together 
you'd pull the cart off the boat. We were down at Castle Island 
unloading for the Moore McCormack Shipping Company, one of 
the biggest carriers in the area. I was working with a fellow named 
Benny Leonard. He kept telling me, "I've been away, I've been 
away," but he never mentioned where he'd been. When the shift 
ended, I got into my father's car and said, "Dad, Mr. Leonard kept 
talking about being away. Where was he?" Oh, Dad said offhand- 
edly, he was in jail. "In jail? What did he do?" I asked. "Oh, he killed 
a guy in a barroom fight." I stared at the ceiling all night long, think- 
ing: I just worked with a murderer. 

a tractor, and drives the tractor off the dock. There had just been a 
dock strike, so a lot of scalawags were working. My father thought 
there was a U.S. Customs plant on the ship, so he asked me to 
keep an eye out for guys who might be trying to clip merchandise. 
Even though Les was tough, he was a champion of the underdog; 
he wanted me to protect anyone who might get caught. The ship's 
cargo was windbreakers, those jackets with the little hood and the 
pouch in the front. We had gotten three or four loads out when I 
saw Tommy Benson coming up the gangplank with lots of differ- 
ent colored windbreakers sticking out from under his sweatshirt. 
I bumped into the guy we thought was the plant, almost knocking 
him off the gangplank to keep him from seeing Benson. This kind 

of thing went on all day. At the end of 
the afternoon we went up to Connors 
to grab a sandwich and a couple of 
beers. It was a free-for-all: Guys were 
yelling, "Hey, give me that red in an 
extra-large! Toss me that blue in a 
medium!" They must have had 400 of 
the things. 
Another time, a ship came in with a cargo of expensive Italian 
shoes. Guys would go down to the hold with flip-flops on and 
come back up wearing a pair of the new shoes — fancy pointy-toed 
shoes. Other times we'd unload ships carrying meat, and then guys 
would come to work in long overcoats and leather jackets, even in 
the summer. They'd go down to the hold and cut steaks and roasts 
and stuff them in their pockets. And sometimes the cargo would 
include cans of tuna fish, which was like gold; back then a lot of 
people lived off of it. These guys lived hand to mouth, and the pil- 
fering was incredible. That's why the container system eventually 
came into being. 


of rules. Each stevedore had a certain number of gangs, 22 men to 
a gang. When a ship was due in, signs would be posted at some of 
the barrooms in Southie: "Les Cotter has four gangs, show up at 
eight o'clock on Tuesday morning." Les would go down to the ship 
to see which men from his gangs had showed up, and then he'd 
come over to the Army base pier [which, after World War II, had 
been leased to a commercial operator] to fill any empty slots. The 
process was called "facing," and it worked just the way it sounds: 
You faced the stevedore, hoping to be chosen. Les would stand on 
top of a crate and pick out the men he wanted. 

Almost everybody in the first two gangs showed up all the 
time; they were longshoremen cardholders. The rest of us were 
scalawags — nonunion. If there were no' card men there, or if they 
turned their backs on Les — if no card men were "facing" him — he 
could hire scalawags. Later, if any card men didn't come back from 
lunch, the timekeeper would pick up scalawags at the ship. There 
would usually be 10 or 12 of them waiting around. 

Some of the guys working on the docks were thieves. They were 
as bad as bank robbers — in fact, some of them were bank robbers. 
They stole everything they could get their hands on. I remember 
one day in particular, when my father made me a lander — a worker 
who puts a load from the boat onto a pallet, lands it on the back of 


never had a bank account or owned a home; he didn't want the 
responsibility. But working on the docks while I was a student at 
Boston College led indirectly to me buying my first house. I had 
some time senior year between my final exams, so I went down and 
faced my father and the other stevedores. One day I was in the very 
bottom of a ship's hold working on 80-pound bales ol peat moss. 
All day long the winch had been buckling. On the last load it gave 
way, and one of the bales came crashing down. 

When you're in the hold and someone yells "Run!" you don't 
stop to look up; you run. I ran right into the bale, and it knocked 
me out cold. I had nothing more than a bad concussion — but four 
years later I received a check for $1,500 from the insurance com- 
pany. The money provided the down payment for the house in 
Weymouth where I lived with my wife and children for many years. 
That bale of peat moss was manna from heaven. ■ 

Jim Cotter '59, P'82, '85, was the head football coach at Boston Col- 
lege High School for 41 years. He passed away on July 20, four years 
after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His recollec- 
tion is adapted by permission from A True Man for Others: The Coach 
Jim Cotter Story (2009), written with freelance writer Paul Kenney. The 
book may be ordered at a discount from the Boston College Bookstore 




biu:akin(; in 

Working with Conan, seriously 

On April 13, Brian Kiley '83 and Brian McCann '87, both long-term writers for Conan O'Brien's Late Night and 
Tonight shows, returned to Boston College to talk with students about life in the writers' room and writer's mind. 
They were interviewed by Julian Kiani '10, an aspiring comedian, and Maggie Rulli '10, host of Boston College's 
student-run cable news show, Now You Know. At the time of their visit, NBC had already announced its intention 
to move O 'Brien's Tonight to a later time slot, O'Brien had decided not to go along, and the show had ended. What 
follows are excerpts from McCann's and Kiley 's improvised remarks. 

Brian McCann '87 

AAcCann: I didn't do anv- 


thing [about a career] 
while in college. I was 
very slow to understand 
the way show business 
worked. Right after col- 
lege, I moved back to 
Chicago, and I got a day 
job and started doing 
improv at night and 
meeting tons of great 
people and having a 
great experience. 

And [I started] to do 
standup because I real- 
ized improv didn't teach me how to write. It taught me how to 
perform. But it didn't teach me anything useful as far as selling 
[material] down the road. I still didn't realize, oh, you had to submit 
to a show. My strategy was always like, one day, someone will see 
me on stage, and they'll hire me. And for some reason, I thought it 
would be Roseanne. I mean, this was a college graduate! That was 
his plan! Roseanne Barr will see me. 

But luckily someone suggested I submit [jokes] to Conan. And 
I was like, yeah, I guess that does make sense. I worked in adver- 
tising for Sears automotive, doing the Sunday flyers that were in 
your Sunday newspaper: "Muzzier beats Midas." Muzzier was the 
Sears muffler. That was my job, and it was awful. And then Sears 
restructured. They were one of the first companies that realized, 
oh, we're a giant and we can get rid of 90 percent of our workforce 
and everything's still going to be fine. And so they offered retire- 
ment packages to everybody on the floor, because everybody on 
the floor was like 60 and 70. And I was the first one to [say], "I will 
take a retirement package." 1 had been there a year, and the guy was 
stunned; but they had to offer it to everybody, and so I'm [saying] 
"Yes, I will take it." 

I ended up getting a year and a half of health benefits, and I 
also got a year of salary, and then I was eligible for six months of 

unemployment after that. And I was 23 or 24. And I [thought], if 
I can't [succeed in comedy] in a year and a half, then I'll go back to 
Sears. So I did it during that period and started making money, and 
I guess built my confidence to say, like oh, I could maybe do this 
until I'm 44. 

And then I'll get fired. 

KiSey: [While at Boston College], I went to a comedy show of 
Boston comedians at O'Connell House, and one of the comedians 
was really funny. And I talked to him, because I had written a lot 
of jokes, because I wanted to be a comedy writer or a comedian. 
And he basically said, you can't really make any money writing 
comedy in Boston, so you have to go onstage. And I [thought], oh, 
I could never do that. But I ended up taking a summer school class 
at Emerson taught by Denis Leary, and I started doing open mike 
when I was still in college. 

I was able to make a living doing standup. And then Conan 
started, and somebody got fired at Conan, and some friends of 
mine who wrote for the 
show called me and said, 
well, they're looking for 
a monologue writer. At 
the time I did a lot of 
topical jokes in my act. 
So I basically typed up 
50 jokes from my act and 
sent them in, and they 
were like yeah, okay, 
you start tomorrow. At 
the time [1994], I was 
worried about the show 
being cancelled. 

Little did I know, I 
was right. 

Brian Kiley '83 

The April 13 event "An Evening with Conan's Writers" can be 
viewed at Full Story, 

photographs: Lee Pellegrini 

SUMMER 2010 * BCM 



By Atul Gawande, MD 

The messy reality of health care costs 

several years ago. It was while I was a resident. I actually wrote 
about her in my first book. She has stuck in my mind as emblematic 
of some of the difficulties in trying to make the health care system 
work well. 

She was 86 years old. She had a severe abdominal pain. And I 
was called to see her about this pain. She described it as being right 
in the middle of her abdomen and boring straight through into her 
back. When I put my hands on her belly, I could feel her muscles 
tense up, because it hurt. And then I could feel a throbbing mass 

I became alarmed, especially when I learned from her that she'd 
been diagnosed about a month before with an abdominal aortic 
aneurysm. An aneurysm of the aorta is a weakening of the aorta, to 
the point that it balloons out, and her aorta was up to three times 
the size it should be. It can pop, it can rupture like a balloon. 

And that's what I was feeling as I pressed on her abdomen, an 
aneurysm that was about to pop. I called the vascular surgeon on 

duty down to see her. He agreed that it was an impending disaster, 
and I had to tell her that this was an emergency, that her aorta 
was in trouble, and that in order to save her life, we would have to 
operate on her. The problem, though, was that the operation was 
no small matter. 

At the time, in order to take care of a rupturing aorta, you had 
to do a big open operation. You had to open up the rupturing por- 
tion and put a tube graft in — an artificial aorta. In her case, we'd 
have to unplug the blood vessels to the kidneys and put them into 
this new aorta, because the aneurysm extended above the blood 
supply to her kidneys. And so because of that, she faced — to begin 
with — a 25 percent chance that she wouldn't survive the opera- 
tion. And there was probably another 25 percent chance that she 
would survive but her kidneys would not, in which case she'd be on 
permanent dialysis. 

I thought it was almost certain that she wouldn't get to go home 
again. She lived on her own in Cambridge, in an apartment where 
she took care of herself, did her own cooking, shopping. Despite 




photograph: Veer 

her advanced years, she was doing extremely well. But after an 
operation like this, she would be weakened enough that it was 
unlikely she'd be able to live on her own. 

She asked me if she could think about the options. I said, yeah, 
15 minutes. Her son was with her, and I closed the double bay 
doors to the emergency room she was sitting in, then came back 
1 5 minutes later. Her son w'as'in tears. I asked her what she wanted 
to do, and she said she had decided not to have the operation. She 
said she'd lived a long life. She'd already been counting her days 
in coffee spoons. She'd made out her will. And she didn't want to 
go through all that we were talking about. So I did something that 
I'd never done before. I took someone who had a life-threatening 
problem, wrote out a prescription for some pain medication, 
handed it to her son, and watched her walk out the emergency 
room doors, holding her son's arm and heading home. 

I saved her son's phone number and called him a couple of 
weeks later, and she answered the phone. I sort of stammered, 
hello, how are you? just fine, thank you, she said, and how are you? 

I kept up with her for a year, and she lived just fine, thank you 
very much, in her apartment, on her own. I tell you that story 
because it brings home to me the difficulties of making health care 
work. Our hardest difficulties are not with the money, and they're 
not with the insurance rules, and they're not with the govern- 
ment bureaucracy, and they're not with the threat of malpractice 
lawsuits. Instead, our deepest struggle in health care is with com- 
plexity: a complexity that derives from the gaps in the science; 
uncertainty about knowing the right steps to take; the imperfection 
of our skills and abilities; and the messy reality that surrounds the 
fives of ordinary human beings. 

Since the beginning of the 20th century, medicine has moved 
from a world in which we didn't understand the diseases that 
afflicted us or what we could do about them, to — midway through 
the century — an understanding of thousands of conditions that the 
human body can endure. During the second half of the century, 
we've come up with solutions for many of these. Today we've 
identified more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways 
the human body can fail — and we've generated remedies, ways of 
at least relieving people from suffering, if not curing nearly all of 
those conditions, to the point that there are 6,000 different drugs 
I can prescribe, 4,000 different kinds of medical and surgical pro- 
cedures I can offer. 

What we're trying to do is deploy these, town by town, to 
every person alive in this country. And we're struggling. There is 
no industry that faces this kind of complexity. I would argue, in 
fact, that we are engaged in the most ambitious endeavor man has 
ever attempted, to bring the fruits of medical knowledge to people 
everywhere, and to do so with kindness, and whether or not a 
patient has the ability to pay for these services. ■ 

An associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical Schooi, Atul 
Gawande is a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of The Check- 
list Manifesto (2009). The above was edited from a March 9, 2010, 
Lowell Humanities Lecture in McGuinn Hall titled "Facing the Com- 
plexity of Health Care." 

Atul Gawande's Lowell Humanities Lecture can be viewed at 
Full Story, 

Thoreau's apple trees 

By Robert Cording, Ph.D. '77 

It's early May, that first green rush of growth, 
new leaves gorging themselves on fresh light, 
and I'm in the woods, standing over a raccoon, 
dead a week or so and teeming with flies 
and maggots. I can't breathe. And suddenly 
I'm thinking of Thoreau fighting for air, 
a horse dead near his cabin at Walden Pond. 

I look up the passage when I get home: 

it's in "Spring," the first year of his experiment 

in living nearing its end. Thoreau wants to see 

Nature's eternal cycles rather than death's 

oblivion in that horse's rank absorption. 

Less than twenty years after trying to make sense 

of that horse, Thoreau, just forty-four, is dying. 

The Civil War has begun. Spring has arrived 

in Concord, but Thoreau cannot warm 

his tubercular body. He refuses opiates 

for his pain, saying he needs to think clearly. 

He is still trying to finish up his studies 

on the succession of trees and seed dispersal, 

not the eternity of Nature, but its economy 

of abundance and the simple genius 

of its vitality that interests him now. 

I'm reading his biography and looking out 

the window. As Thoreau begins to slip away, 

Parker Pillsbury, a friend and preacher, asks 

how the opposite shore appears. One world 

at a time, Thoreau replies matter-of-factly. 

I like to believe Thoreau was looking out 

his window as he spoke — his apple trees, 

like the ones here in my field, their white petals 

come and gone in a few radiant days, 

would have already (it was May 3 rd ) begun 

to leaf out, the new leaves multiplying 

and dispersing the end of the day's light. 

Robert Cording is the Barrett Professor of English at the 
College of the Holy Cross and author of the collection 
of poems Common Life (2006). Walking with Ruskin, a new 
collection containing several poems that first appeared 
in BCAA, is due in October from Cavankerry Press. 





News & Notes 

Dressed for Service 

More than 300 BC alumni in 26 regional chapters volunteered 
forthe Alumni Association's fifth annual National Day of Service 
on April 17. Members and friends of the Northern California 
Chapter donned appropriate gear to help restore the natural 
habitat on Milagra Ridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation 
Area. Pictured, from left: Robert Johnsen '09, Emily Medina 
'07, Hilary Waldo '08, Matthew Carroll '08, Samantha Shenoy, 
Tony Payne '08, and Paul Berens '00. Participate in your local 
chapter at 

Roll Call 

Dineen Riviezzo '89 began her two-year term 
as president of the Alumni Association Board 
of Directors in June. She succeeds Thomas 
Flannery '8i, who helped oversee a remark- 
able surge in alumni participation and activity 
during the first two years of the Light the World 
campaign. "I had the pleasure," says Flannery, 
"of serving with outstanding individuals who 
work so well together in promoting BC and 
being ambassadors of the Alumni Associa- 
tion." Riviezzo will enjoy similar assistance 
from two newly promoted board vice presi- 
dents, Jere Doyle '87 and Ann Riley Finck '66, 
P'93, '95, '96, '06, '08, as well as from Vincent 
Quealy, Jr. '75, P'06, '07, '10, who continues 
to serve in this leadership role. New J?oard 
members include Nicole DeBlois '99, vice 
president of client relations at Boston 
Financial Data Services; Leo Vercollone '77, 
P'06, '08, president and CEO of VERC Enter- 
prises; and Mark Warner '85, JD'89, partner in 
the law firm Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan, 
LLP. For more information or to submit a 
nomination for a future opening, e-mail 

Back to School 

Alumni are invited to head back to the class- 
room this fall with the Alumni Education 
program, which will host an array of learning 
opportunities on campus. On September 30, 
Cindi Bigelow '82, president of Bigelow Tea, 
will offer her thoughts on "Leadership 101." 
A classmate of Bigelow's, Marguerite Dorn 
'82, JD'85, is a principal in The New Having It 
All, an online center for women negotiating 
the work-life balance. She'll address the topic 
of women and career hiatus on October 5. 
David Kimmelman, general manager of the 
digital marketing company Avenueioo, will 
discuss how to "Brand Yourself to Get the 
Job" on October 13. Then on October 20, just 
before the midterm votes are cast, Political 
Science Professor Marc Landy, P'09, will 
examine the congressional elections scene. 
Discover more programming and register at 

Discover GOLD 

Recent graduates can take advantage of 
expanded Maroon & GOLD (Graduates Of 
the Last Decade) programming starting in 

September. This fall, the popular Welcome 
Home series will grow to include the Chicago 
region and will also continue to feature 
established events in Boston, New York, and 
Washington, D.C. "Whether new grads have 
returned to their hometown or just moved to 
the area, these socials are an excellent oppor- 
tunity to meet fellow Eagles and to get 
involved in the Alumni Association," says 
Alexandra Faklis '08, MA'10, co-chair of the 
Maroon & GOLD Executive Committee. 
Recent graduates can also enjoy two new 
events that celebrate BC legacy families — 
those with multiple generations of BC alumni. 
On October 16, a legacy tea will be held on 
campus for GOLD alumnae and their 
alumnae mothers and grandmothers, and 
on October 30 — before the BC vs. Clemson 
football game — the Alumni Association will 
host a pregame tailgate honoring legacy 
families. All GOLD members and their alumni 
parents and grandparents are invited to join 
the festivities. For more information on GOLD 
programming and to RSVP for upcoming 
events, visit 



Alumni Year in Review 

The Boston College Alumni Association 
connects more than 150,000 graduates to 
their alma mater — creating opportunities for 
alumni to renew friendships and to enrich the 
BC community through their active engage- 
ment. Whether living in Boston or elsewhere 
across the globe, alumni can participate in a 
wide variety of programs that are sure to create 
new and lasting BC memories. Below are some 
highlights from the 2009-10 academic year. 

» More COLD (Graduates Of the Last 
Decade) alumni than ever before 
participated in events tailored to their needs 
as recent graduates. Highlights included 
Welcome Home gatherings in Boston, 
New York, and Washington, D.C.; a GOLD 
holiday party at the BC Club; and Take Back 
BC events held over spring break that 
offered alumni a chance to return to cam- 
pus for discussions with University leaders. 

» The Council for Women of Boston College 
sponsored 31 events that attracted more 
than 3,500 alumni. The council also 
completed a liaison program with each of 
BC's four undergraduate schools, which 
provided students with opportunities to 
connect with female leaders in their field. 

» The Alumni Chapter network continued to 
expand internationally this year, adding 

new chapters in China and South Korea, 
while providing graduates abroad with 
increased chapter programming in Ireland, 
France, and the United Kingdom. 

» Along with regular panel discussions, the 
Technology Council held annual dinners 
on the East and West coasts. The program 
in Palo Alto, California, drew a record 170 
attendees and featured University President 
William P. Leahy, S.J., and Evelyn J. and 
Robert A. Ferris Professor of Physics 
Michael Naughton, P'io, '12. 

» The Alumni Association continued to pro- 
vide an array of spiritual programming — 
from the annual Laetare Sunday and Alumni 
Memorial Masses to the special daylong 
conference "Living the Journey: Spirituality 
for the Second Half of Life," which drew 
nearly 900 BC alumni, parents, and friends. 

» The Alumni Education program expanded to 
host nearly a dozen events, including expert- 
led discussions on "Taming Technology 
in a Wired Workplace" and "Charting a 
New Course: Advice for Career Changers." 

» A record-setting 5,383 alumni from 12 class 
years and their guests returned to the 
Heights for Reunion Weekend 2010, where 
they participated in class parties and more 
than 20 other events honoring the anniver- 
sary of their graduation. 

Toast to 
the Future 

The Class of 1960 helped 

induct the Alumni 

Association's newest 

members — the Class of 

2010 — at a champagne 

toast on Bapst Lawn 

on May 20. The annual 

celebration drew nearly 

50 Golden Eagles and 

more than 1,500 graduating seniors, who were welcomed into the BC alumni family 

by Alumni Board Vice President Vincent Quealy, Jr. '75, P'06, '07, 'no, and Fr. Michael 

Himes. For upcoming alumni events, visit 

By the Numbers 

An Engaging Year 

480 I Programs and 
events sponsored by 
the Alumni Association 
during the 2009-10 
academic year 

50,449 I Alumni, 
parents, and friends 
who participated in an alumni 
event this past year 

38 I Percentage 
increase in the number 
of alumni volunteers 
who made possible 
BC's programming 

5O I Community service 
projects accomplished by 
alumni chapters worldwide 

l,Oo5 I Requests received 
through the alumni online prayer 
service On Eagles' Wings 

6 I New alumni networks 
open to BC graduates 
(Energy and Environment, 
Hellenic, Law Enforcement, 
Higher Education Administration, 
Middle Eastern and Islamic 
Studies, and ROTC) 

4)200,000 I Scholarship 
dollars raised through Pops on 
the Heights and the Wall Street 
Council Tribute Dinner 

Share in the experience at 


1934-1938, 1946 

Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 


Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 


Correspondent: John D. Donovan 
12 WessonviUe Way 
Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366- 

Greetings! Hopefully you are doing well, 
because the only news we have is sad news: 
Frank Brennan has gone to join his family 
members and his classmates in heaven. Frank 
was an active supporter of BC. not only as a 
classmate from 1935 to 1939, but also as 
an alumnus. Prominent for multiple years in 
the Greater Boston banking world and 
admired for his honesty and financial 
acumen, Frank was a loyal Eagle and also a 
generous contributor to Boston College. All 
of BC — not just his classmates — will miss 
him. Our prayers and sympathy are extended 
to his family. • On this mournful note we 
end this issue's class news. Keep healthy 
and prayerful. Peace! 


Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 
3 Preacher Road- 
Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 


Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 

On March 14, six members of our class were 
present for the 59th celebration of Laetare 
Sunday in Conte Forum. Charlie Ahern, Leo 
Benecchi, Ron Corbett JD'51, John Fitzgerald, 
Gerry Joyce, and Frank Mahoney MEd'54, 
defied serious weather conditions to join our 
brother alumni. In recognition of our senior 
status at the brunch, we were seated at table 
number 1, together with one member each 

from the Class of '41 and the Class of '43. 
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, 
visited with us to welcome us and to congratu- 
late us for being present. • The rest of my 
report is sad, but as people of God, we accept 
this as part of life. On January 20, we lost J. 
Fred Andrews of Lynn. Fred served in the 
Army in India and worked for many years in 
computer systems operations at Shawmut 
Bank. His funeral Mass was at St. Pious X 
Church in Lynn, where he was a daily com- 
municant. He is survived by a brother, James; 
a sister, Catherine; and many nieces and 
nephews. On February 25, Paul Livingston 
passed away in Millbrae, CA. Paul was a most 
dedicated member of our class. He made the 
trip east every year to join us at our memorial 
Mass and luncheon. His final trip was for his 
funeral Mass on March 13 at St. Charles 
Church in Woburn, his hometown. The cele- 
brant was Fr. Tim Shea, the pastor; Fr. Donald 
Monan, H'96, chancellor of Boston College, 
was concelebrant. With the help of Paul's fam- 
ily, I was able to be present at the Mass and 
was joined by Charlie Ahern. Paul is survived 
by his two daughters and four grandchildren. 
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary. Paul 
retired from the Navy as a captain and was 
occupied in investment securities until his 
second retirement. On March 31, I received a 
call from Charlie Ahern, who had just seen 
the death notice of our classmate James Bou- 
dreau. Jim served four years in the Army Air 
Corps, and upon discharge, he went to law 
school. He received his LLB and SJD degrees 
and practiced law from 1952. He is survived 
by two sons, three daughters, and two grand- 
children. He was predeceased by his wife, 
Marion. Charlie was present for the class at 
Jim's wake. • I thought I had finished the news 
when I saw that Fred Seely had passed away 
on May 3. Fred was a mainstay on Jack Ryder's 
Eagle Flyers. He was a member of the Civil Air 
Patrol as an undergraduate and spent his entire 
work life in the FAA, traveling the globe. He is 
survived by his wife, Lisa; 5 children; 17 grand- 
children; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was 
predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy, and two 
sons. I was present for his wake and spoke for 
the class. To the families of J. Fred, Paul, Jim, 
and Fred, we offer our heartfelt sympathy. We 
remembered these classmates at our annual 
class meeting and Mass on June 10. 


Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; 781-848-3730 

Since the most recent list of cherished class- 
mates who have died, the names of Ed 
O'Sullivan and Ed Moloney JD'48 have been 
added to the necrology. Two extremely popu- 
lar men were they. Ed O'Sullivan, born in New 
Haven, was raised in Dorchester and attended 
Boston English High School. After graduation 
from BC, there followed very active service 
with the Navy during World War II. Ed, now a 
civilian, went on to serve with Esso (now 
Exxon). After living for many years in the Mid- 

dle East and Europe, the O'Sullivans eventu- 
ally settled in Houston. Ed and wife Katie were 
parents to seven children. An addendum: at 
our 25th, Ed was awarded the prize for having 
traveled the farthest to attend the reunion. 
The class also laments the loss of very person- 
able Ed Moloney, who came to us from 
Lowell. Also a Navy veteran of World War II, 
he became a successful attorney. Seeking 
political office early on, Ed adopted a catchy 
campaign slogan: "No baloney with Moloney!" 

• Bob Blute and his late wife, Ann-Marie, were 
truly proud parents of 11 children. One of their 
youngest offspring, Paula Ebben '89, daily 
awakes with the birds for the new 4:30 edition 
of WBZ-TV's morning news, which she 
co-anchors with David Wade. Bob told this 
column that Paula wrote Ann-Marie's obituary. 

• The most popular surname in the BC direc- 
tory is borne by Joe Sullivan, who guided the 
fortunes of Sullivan Brothers for decades in 
Lowell. His family-founded company pub- 
lished a wave of sports periodicals for BC and 
Notre Dame as well as for ice shows. Joe's 
cousin Billy '37 was responsible for putting 
the Boston (sic) Patriots on the gridiron. 

• When the late Paul Good, JD'49, served as 
assistant attorney general, he bolstered the 
courtroom knowledge of then neophyte law- 
yers with invaluable Friday afternoon sessions 
at the State House. Those get-togethers 
elicited unanimous raves from Paul's charges, 
according to spouse Mary Good. She also 
reports that daughter Ellen is an executive 
with the child life program at Yale-New 
Haven Children's Hospital. • Long before 
there was Upper Campus off Hammond St. 
on Chestnut Hill, there was the Liggett 
Estate — an opulent residence that was to 
become the BC business school, now the 
Carroll School of Management. The Class of 
'43 held its first Commencement on that site 
on February 28, 1943. The 43ers graduating 
numbered 54 and included Tom Murray, Jim 
Grimes, Sam Loscocco, Tom Meehan, Jack 
Hayes, John Foynes LLB'49, and Sam Church. 
Editor's note: In our previous column, we 
mistakenly reported the passing of Mary (Moriarty) 
Boudreau, wife of the late Wally Boudreau. We 
were pleased to learn that Mary is very well and is 
about to celebrate her 90th birthday. We wish her 
many happy returns, and we apologize for the error. 



Correspondent: Gerard L. 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA 02331; 781-934-0229 

Good friend Tom Hazlett pointed out recentiy 
that as time goes by, the notes of the Class of 
1944 are working their way closer and closer to 
the front of the Class Notes section of Boston Col- 
lege Magazine: as a new class is added at the end, 
another class disappears from the beginning 
pages. It used to be called onward and upward. I 
guess it still is. It is sad, but it's simply the reality 
as we continue our journeys through this world 
and into the next. • This past winter was not easy 
as the procession continues: we lost Frank Gal- 


lagher in January, Stan Dmohowski in February, 
and Walter Fitzgerald in March. Of the three, I 
probably knew Walter the best. We were both 
part of the BC High School Class of 1940 that 
went on to become tire Class of 1944 at BC. Even 
back in high school, we all knew that Walter 
would become a hockey great. And the promise 
was fulfilled. • And the story of the recent burial 
of Jack Farrell takes us through -every emotion 
known to man. In our junior year, Jack wanted 
to be of service to his country and applied to 
become a member of tire Marine Corps. Unable 
to meet some of the Corps's stringent require- 
ments of the time, he walked across the street 
and volunteered for the Army. Jack became a 
member of the 28th Infantry Division and saw 
action in France, Belgium, and Germany. In 
1944, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the 
Bronze Star. Jack was killed and MIA in the 
Battle of Huertgen Forest in Germany on 
November 8, 1944. Surprisingly, his remains 
were located in Kommerscheidt, Germany, on 
September 24, 2008. And now, 66 years later, 
he has come home. A Mass of Christian burial 
was celebrated for Jack on April 30, 2010. 


Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

Wow! The celebration of our 65th reunion was 
a huge success! As usual, Paul Paget, MSW'49, 
was chairman of the event, assisted by our 
treasurer Jack McCarthy and yours truly. We 
started the day with Mass at St. Mary's Chapel, 
celebrated by Frs. Vincent Burns, MA'49, 
MA'52, STL'58, and Patrick Kelly. Cantor John 
Greenler led us in singing three hymns. Lou 
Sorgi did the first reading, followed by Bill 
Corbett, MEd'47, doing the responsorial 
psalm. Fr. Burns read the gospel and gave the 
homily. Paul Paget led us with the prayers of 
the faithful and Edna and Kevin Bowers, 
MA'51, presented the gifts. Following the 
Mass, we went to the BC Club in Boston, 
where we had a great luncheon as we viewed 
the city from the 36th floor of the Federal 
Building. The view is spectacular and all were 
very impressed. In attendance were Mary Lou 
and Jack McCarthy, Lillian and Lou Sorgi, Bill 
Corbett, Claire and Dave Hern, Barbara 
Driscoll, Rita and Paul Dawson, Bill Cornyn, 
Tom Loftus, Edith and Ed Burns, Edna and 
Kevin Bowers, Marion and Jeff Bowe, Mary 
and Anthony Bruno MA'47, Alice and Leo 
McGrath, Helen and Ernest Graustein, Frances 
and Vin Pattavina, Dorothy and Doug MacGil- 
livray, Jane and John Larivee, and Gertrude 
and John Greenler. After lunch, we all boarded 
the bus for our return to BC. • I don't know if 
you remember, but we entered BC in September 
1941 with a class of 500 — the largest fresh- 
man group ever to have enrolled at that time. 
Of course, this all changed with the start of 
World War II. By 1944, only 28 of the original 
500 remained to receive their degree. You all 
know the rest of the story — we returned to BC 
to graduate in 1947 and 1948. We now have 
around no classmates, and 34 attended 
Reunion, a very good number for a 65th! • Bill 
Cornyn now has another great-grandchild, 
giving him a total of nine, which I am sure 

sets the record for the most great-grandchil- 
dren in the class. If anyone has more, please 
send me a note with your total. • Retired 
USMC Col. John Keeley reports that his wife, 
Mary, passed away in August 2009 after 61 
years of marriage. The sympathy of the class 
goes out to John. • On the medical front, I 
noticed a few more members of our class 
walking with canes, but considering our age, 
overall I thought we all looked good. Betty 
Burns, who is legally blind, came with her 
Seeing-Eye dog. • Vin Catalogna is still in the 
VA Hospital in Bedford with Alzheimer's 
disease, and Joe Devlin, MSW'49, is still in 
a nursing home in Framingham. Henry 
Jancsy is back from Florida but doesn't 
drive anymore. • That's it for now — and 
congratulations again on a great 65th! 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-565-6168 


Correspondent: Timothy C. Buckley 
46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 

Bridget and James Calabrese celebrated their 
65th wedding anniversary on February 15. 
Bridget was among the first World War II 
brides and came to the United States on the 
Queen Mary. Jim was born in Sicily and came 
here at six months of age. When he applied to 
Army officer candidate school, he was rejected 
because he was considered an enemy alien. 
He immediately went to his draft board and 
was drafted. A year and a half later, while in 
the Army, he was sworn in as an American 
citizen at the American embassy in London. 
Jim and Bridget have two children, five grand- 
children, and eight great-grandchildren. After 
35 years as a district manager with Prudential, 
Jim retired at age 57. He then worked as direc- 
tor of sales for PeoplesBank. Not finished yet, 
Jim started his own insurance agency and 
retired at age 77. Subsequently, he served on a 
federal court for two years, working on several 
stocks and bonds cases. • Geraldine and 
Joseph F. Donohue moved from Cape Cod to 
Linden Ponds in Hingham, where Jeanne 
Costello, widow of James Costello, lives. They 
have dinner together every Thursday evening. 
Joe has a granddaughter who is studying at 
Providence College on a half scholarship. He 
and his wife are enjoying good health. 
• Eugene Nash lives in Country Club Heights 
in Woburn. His oldest daughter, Mary, MA'74, 
PhD'97, is academic superintendent, elemen- 
tary schools, for the Boston Public Schools. 
Daughter Eileen has a master's degree in edu- 
cation and is principal of a grammar school in 
Boston. His third daughter is a midwife in 
Hawaii, and his oldest son, Thomas '75. is 
president of a division of Cognex in Natick. 
Son Paul is a supervisor in a manufacturing 
plant in Kennebunk, ME, while his third son, 
Michael, is a supervisor at Biogenldec in Cam- 
bridge. • Eileen and Al DeVito are the proud 
grandparents of nine girls and seven boys. Al 

writes, "Now, we have been told to expect our 
first great-grandchildren in September. I am 
still trying to play golf but not as often as the 
Legends of '45. Two of our grandchildren 
represent the fourth generation in the family 
business of A. DeVito and Sons, Inc." • Fred 
Callahan's widow, Louise, visited with Ann 
and Paul Lannon at their home in Sudbury. 
Louise was accompanied by daughters Siob- 
han and Alison and her two new grandsons. 
Alison and her husband, Peter Halberstadt, 
are BC grads, Class of '00. Siobhan graduated 
from Smith and lives in Providence with her 
husband, Jeff Corey. Louise lives in the Bronx 
with her son Evan. • The annual Mass and 
luncheon will be held in early fall. A notice of 
time, date, and place will be sent in advance. 
Please plan to attend. 


Correspondent: John J. Carney 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8285 

I'm sitting at my window looking out at a 
beautiful day at dear old Savin Hill by the sea, 
the home of the 2010 national coed sailing 
champions, the Boston College sailing team. 

• The class had a very nice get-together on May 
2 at Robsham Theater for a production of The 
Three Penny Opera by the theater department. 
The spring play tradition started by Jack 
McQuillan several years ago has treated us to 
some outstanding plays such as Cabaret and 
Pirates of Penzance. Following the play, we 
gathered at Vanderslice Hall for a delicious 
dinner selected by our treasurer, Ernie 
Ciampa, in consultation with Sahag Dakesian, 
MS'51. The tenderloin was sumptuous, to say 
the least! Those attending included Louise 
MA'56 and Jim Whelton, Mary Dowd, Mary 
Murphy, Dot and Jack McQuillan, Paula and 
Peter Rogerson. Mary Lyons Amsler. Pat and 
Jack Waite MA'51, Margaret and Sahag Dake- 
sian, Sally and Jake Meany, Mary and Vinny 
Nuccio, and Ernie Ciampa — and I'm sure 
I have omitted others who were present. 

• I hope you all have received the Spring class 
notes in which I included a bio of Fr. Charlie 
McCoy and expressed, as well as I could, the 
sentiments of the class about his passing. 
I can provide a copy to those who may not 
have received the magazine. • Please send me 
information that I can include in these notes! 



Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 51 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

Our 60th Boston College reunion was a suc- 
cess, to say the least! It began with a 10 a.m. 
class Mass in the chapel of St. Mary's Hall — 
where more than 90 percent of the pews were 
filled. Joseph Duffy. SJ, MA'51, STL'58, cele- 
brated the Mass and also gave the sermon. We 
then went to the rotunda of the Tower Build- 
ing for lunch; there were 48 classmates and 54 
wives and children of classmates in atten- 
dance. The Class of 1950's 60th anniversary 
gift to Boston College was more than $748,000 


from 244 donors — 49 percent of our class. 
Looking back, we are, of course, the first class 
of World War II veterans; looking forward, I 
hope to be in shape for our 65th — five years 
from now. For now, I'd like to say I really 
enjoyed June 4, 2010, at Boston College! 
• Sadly, we lost several classmates during 
the past months, including our first class 
president, Robert L. DiSchino, MEd'6o, of 
Wellesley. Robert died on December 20, 
2009, leaving his wife, Dorothy, and seven 
children. Robert graduated from Cranwell 
Prep School in 1943 and with us from BC, 
where he also earned his master's degree in 
education in i960. He was a Navy veteran of 
World War II, serving on the USS Lewis in the 
Pacific. He began his career in residential 
home building as a partner in the family- 
owned Triangle Construction Company. He 
later taught in the Dover- Sherborn school 
system for 20 years and then founded his own 
company. He was active in Wellesley, serving 
on the Town Meeting and the Planning Board, 
and he is a past president of the Wellesley 
Club. He was a member of the Boston/Wellesley 
Advancement Committee, Sisters of Charity- 
Halifax, and in 2005, he was inducted into the 
Knights of Malta. • Other members of our 
class who have recently passed away are John 
L. Dwyer Jr. of Corona del Mar, CA, on 
December 1, 2009; Robert L. Gallagher of 
Waltham on January 28, 2010; Roland C. 
Korb of North Andover on February 16, 2010; 
Gerard F. Weidmann of Quincy on February 
6, 2010; Daniel F. Foley of Fresno, CA, on 
March 1, 2010; Richard F. Harding of Fairfax, 
VA, on December 24, 2009; and John F. McAteer 
of Burlington, VT, on March 8, 2010. 

NC 1950-1953 


Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC'53 

11 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-8512 

I have no news of you. Enjoy the summer- 
and please be in touch! 


Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Dear Class of 1951, 

It is with tremendous sadness that I, Jacquelyn 
Wesner '88, MEd'09, enter the notes for my 
dad's Class of '51. I am sorry to report that 
your beloved and extraordinarily wise class 
correspondent, Leo Wesner, died on April 25. 
Many of you may not be aware of this, but 
Leo was diagnosed with stage-4 metastatic 
pancreatic cancer in October 2008. At that 
time, he expressed gratitude to the doctors 
who discovered his cancer — he was willing to 
accept the likely outcome, yet he was also 
willing to endure intense chemotherapy 
regimens in order to prolong his life. (Some of 
the activities Dad enjoyed: On May 18, 2009, 
Dad was present as I received my master's 
degree from BC's Lynch School of Education, 
21 years after I received my bachelor's degree 
from BC. Dad embraced the opportunity to 

attend BC's Night at the Pops with two of his 
granddaughters, two of BC's Laetare Sundays 
with me, and BC's Arts Festival and Winter 
Wonderland with his grandchildren. In fact, 
the day before he died, Leo was planning to 
bring his grandkids to BC's spring game.) 
Through it all, Dad remained loyal to his faith 
and to his alma mater. Dad and his classmates 
were looking forward to, and excitedly plan- 
ning, their 60th reunion. It was Leo's sincere 
hope that he would live to see 2011 — and to 
celebrate the 60th anniversary of his gradua- 
tion from BC! Because Dad had responded so 
well to treatment (for 20 months!), his doctors 
believed that he was a great candidate for a 
third (and experimental) chemo, which he was 
to start on April 26. But on April 25, Dad went 
into cardiac arrest. He died 24 hours later. My 
sister Kate and I were by his side, along with 
my daughter Katelyn (BC'20) and three of his 
closest friends. Leo died peacefully, in a room 
full of love. From the time of his diagnosis to 
the moment of his passing, Dad's favorite 
prayer was Thy Will Be Done. My dad was 
extremely grateful — for everything. He told 
everyone who would listen that he was the 
luckiest man alive — he had the greatest kids, 
the greatest friends, and above all, the most 
amazing grandchildren. Since my father's 
death, I have come to truly appreciate that he 
was so much more than "my dad," and that he 
meant so much to so many. At my father's 
wake, I was struck by the realization that 
his life (like all of our lives) comprised many 
pieces, stages, and facets. When I first walked 
into the funeral home and saw the arrange- 
ment from "BC Class of 1951," I was really 
moved. Then I had the opportunity to meet 
and hear from many of Dad's friends and 
classmates. He loved being the Class of 1951 
correspondent — and I am sure that his incred- 
ible (and humorous) memories delighted 
many of his pals. Boston College left an 
indelible impression on my father but has 
also been a tremendous influence on my life. 
To all of his Class of '51 friends, you will 
forever remain in my thoughts and prayers, 
and as you celebrate your 60th reunion next 
June, I have no doubt that my dad will be right 
there with you in spirit. Thank you for your 
thoughts and prayers, 
Jacquelyn Wesner and the Leo Wesner family. 


Correspondent: Frank McCee 

1952 Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-834-4690 

Once again, I dusted off my copy of Sub Turri 
just to bring back some great memories. 
Randomly opening to a page recording the 
efforts of those who put The Heights together 
each week were photos of John Davey, JD'55, 
and Eric Johnson, co-editors of the paper, with 
Tony Loscocco looking on. A few pages back, I 
found Tom Megan, Paul Kendrick, and Will 
Hynes of the golf team. And then there were 
the photos of the senior prom, the class Com- 
munion breakfast, and Senior Week Retreat at 
St. Ignatius. Where have all those years gone? 
And yet, I find myself really enjoying the 
memories like they were yesterday. • Bob 
DiTullio, a physician, is still working in his 

office in Cohasset three days a week. • Jack 
O'Connor, MS'53, is keeping busy with his 
seven grandchildren and his membership in 
the County Donegal Association. • Dana 
Doherty and bride alternate between Mesa, 
AZ, and New Hampshire, while Joe Wesner 
can be found in Dallas. • Ed MacDonald is 
enjoying retirement in North Port, FL, and is 
still hitting the links three or four times a 
week. • Hey, Paul Clinton, I hope you are feel- 
ing better! • In Melbourne, FL, Paul Donovan 
is going strong, visiting his seven children, 
playing golf, and doing a lot of volunteer work. 
• Pat and Jack Leary of Exeter, NH, spent 
a great day touring the BC campus with 
daughter Beth '82. • Sadly, I report the death 
of Manny Fontes on November 2, 2009, in 
Westport. Also, Charlie Kohaut reports from 
Fort Wayne, IN, that Tom McGowan, MBA'65, 
has died. Remember Manny and Tom in your 
prayers. • Mary and John Paul Sullivan 
celebrated their 50th on November 14, 2009, 
in Wellesley. • Paul Enos reports from Amelia 
Island, FL, that we're "getting close to the 
front of the book." • Dave Murphy says "all is 
well, thank God." If you're in the Pittsfield 
area, give Dave a call. • Jim Leonard, MEd'53, 
says that his leukemia has not interfered with 
his world travels, with Pompano Beach, FL, as 
home base. • Francis X. O'Leary is now the 
proud grandfather of 16 and the great-grand- 
father of 2. Fran is in Davenport, FL. • Belat- 
edly and sadly, I report the death of Gene 
Tinory in 2007. Jim Regan brought this to my 
attention from Fort Lauderdale. I apologize if 
I missed some of this vital information. I am 
limited with a staff of one — me — but I will try 
harder. • Please keep my son, Navy SEAL 
Patrick, in your prayers, as he is back in 
Afghanistan. • Regina and Tom McElroy are 
at work preparing for the next Tom McElroy 
Jr. '80 Golf Classic in August. They have 
already raised more than $1 million for BC 
soccer. • Finally, as I put Sub Turri back in the 
drawer, I am reminded of the great job Frank 
Dooley, JD'55, did in putting together that 
wonderful book of memories. Remember him 
in your prayers. 


Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

19 Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-566-5400 

After 43 years of service to Boston College as a 
faculty member, Honors Program director, 
Jesuit Community rector and senior adminis- 
trator, and VP for University Mission and 
Ministry, our classmate Joe Appleyard, SJ, 
PHL'58, left BC this summer to accept a 
key leadership position with the New England 
Province of Jesuits. On July 31, Father became 
province socius, the assistant and advisor to 
New England Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, 
an assignment that came as the New England 
Province was preparing to merge with Society 
of Jesus provinces in New York and Maryland. 
• Our annual memorial Mass and dinner 
is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 
October 9, at Alumni House on the Newton 
Campus — a new location, as Trinity Chapel 
was not available. We will have the Mass in 
the Putnam Room and dinner in the dining 


room, assuming the number of guests will be 
about the same as last year (44). So mark your 
calendars, and more information will follow. 
• On June 9, 18 golfers showed up for play at 
the Wayland Country Club for our 16th annual 
golf outing. The players met in the restaurant 
and were given the rules for the day. The 
format was the usual Florida-type scramble, 
and the golfers were served a selection of 
sandwiches at the turn. The lineup was as 
follows: Team A ("the holy trio"): Dick Horan, 
Fr. Larry Drennan, and Msgr. Paul Ryan: 
Team B: Art Delaney. Jim Low, and Walter 
Corcoran: Team C: Bob Willis, Spike Boyle, 
Fred Good MBA'62, and Jim Wholly; Team 
D: Don Burgess DEd'82, Ray Kenney JD'58, 
Joe Desalvo, and Bill Ostaski; and Team E: 
Jim Willwerth, Paul Coughlin, Paul Murray, 
and Bob Sullivan MEd'6o. Cheese and crack- 
ers were available in the restaurant as the 
golfers exchanged their favorite stories from 
the day's play. After a review of the scorecards, 
the Ostaski team was declared the winner — 
they had beaten the holy trio by one stroke. 
However, the holy trio also had a good day: Fr. 
Larry won the long drive contest, and Dick 
Horan won the closest-to-the-line contest. Joe 
Desalvo was the other winner, with a shot on 
hole No. 4 that was 12 feet, 5 inches from the 
cup. A salad followed by a dinner of casserole 
of shrimp and scallops, marinated steak tips, 
chicken, and rice pilaf was served. Coffee and 
an assortment of cookies rounded out the 
meal. The golfers all stated that they had had a 
good day and hoped to be able to do it again 
next year. • Mary and I had lunch recently with 
Maureen and Bob McCarthy. On their way 
home from California this year, they took a 
15-mile detour to visit St. Andrew's Abbey in 
Valyermo, CA. While there, Maureen talked 
with Joseph "Eddie" Iarrobino, OSB; Maureen 
and Eddie's sister been friendly in high school. 


Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Waterford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615 

Frank McLaughlin, MA'57, will begin his 50th 
year as a BC faculty member this fall. Frank 
was planning to present a paper at the annual 
Bernard Lonergan Workshop at BC in late 
June and will see three grandchildren enter 
college in September, two at BC and one at 
Brown. The number of kids and grandkids 
that Frank and Clare (Carr), MEd'73, have sent 
to BC is the primary cause of the University's 
increase in enrollment these past few years. 
Do we have any other 50-year faculty, whether 
at one or several schools? If so let's hear from 
you. • Speaking of professors, John Cawley, 
who had a long career at Villanova, is spend- 
ing much of his time at Aquinas House, the 
Catholic Student Center at Dartmouth Col- 
lege, where he has been a trustee for about 
three years. • Mary and Frank Stretton, MS'56, 
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 
May 28. Frank who holds both a bachelor's 
and a master's from BC, has retired from 
Colorado State University, where he was a 
chemistry professor. • Frank Flannery reports 
that he planned to retire from his treasurer's 
post at Suffolk University last spring. Frank, 

haven't I heard you say that before? On more 
than one occasion, he was acting president. 
One of Frank's greatest accomplishments was 
overseeing the building of the magnificent 
law school on Tremont St. • Lenny Matthews 
reports that he and Rose, as well as Alberta 
and Gerry Natoli, Claire and Leo Maguire, 
Maureen and Dick Charlton, Bill Hunter, 
Linda and Dave Pierre, and Fr. Steve Koen 
MEd'6o, attended the BC Cape Cod Club St. 
Pat's Day celebration. Lenny is recovering 
from recent back surgery and is doing well. • I 
met Barbara Norton, wife of Paul Norton, at a 
recent retreat. She tells me that Paul is retired 
from the Marine Corps Reserve and from his 
sales manager position for Target Products. 
He pursues his interest in World War I and II 
history. • Tom O'Connell's ninth book, Power, 
Politics fif Propaganda: Observations of a Curious 
Contrarian (Sanctuary Unlimited), has been 
receiving favorable reviews. Tom is a former 
Beacon Hill lobbyist and newspaper columnist. 
His book can be found on and at 
several Cape Cod bookstores. • Recently we heard 
of the death of Dick Montvitt; we send our 
sympathy to his family. • Please send news! 

NC I954 

Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzCerald Daly 

700 Laurel Avenue 

Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-251-3837 

It is with great sadness I report the death of 
our classmate Ginny Yawman Dayton in Feb- 
ruary in Arizona. According to the Minneapolis 
Star Tribune, Ginny had a "distinguished his- 
tory of service in mental health treatment and 
advocacy on the state and national levels." She 
served on President Jimmy Carter's Commis- 
sion on Mental Health and also on the boards 
of directors of Abbot-Northwestern Hospital 
in Minneapolis and the Phoenix Children's 
Hospital. She also had a great interest in the 
arts and, in particular, the theater. While 
living in Minneapolis, she was a member of 
the board of Guthrie Theater, and in Arizona, 
she was a devoted supporter of the Arizona 
Theatre Company. Please keep Ginny and her 
family in your prayers. • From Mary Evans 
Bapst, in Geneva, Switzerland, we learn that 
she celebrated her 80th birthday with family 
and friends on May 23. Mary is working on a 
project for local parishes there. She is translat- 
ing into French material used in the Kairos 
retreat program. For the last three years, Mary 
has been giving doctrinal teaching on the 
Eucharist to the parents of first communicants 
in her parish. She said it is "very special, 
always a joy" to do this. • A note from Helen 
Badenhausen Danforth tells of the death of 
her husband, Haines, in April. She said "he 
had a long and good life." Let us keep Helen 
and her family in our prayers. • Also, please 
remember in your prayers William Mclnnes, 
SJ, '44, MA'51, STL'58, the respected Jesuit 
priest and educator who died in December 
2009. Father returned to BC in 1998 to serve 
as chaplain of the BC Alumni Association. 
Lucille Joy Becker reminded me of Fr. 
Mclnnes's connection to our class. He was the 
presider and homilist at our 50th reunion 
Mass in the Newton chapel. • Delma Sala 
Fleming and her family had a unique adven- 
ture this summer. They are an "addicted" 

seafaring family. In July, they were in the British 
Virgin Islands to dive to the wreck of the Rhone, 
the 310-foot Royal Mail steamship that sank 
during a hurricane in 1867 off Salt Island. 
They had explored this well-preserved wreck 
20 years ago and were excited to visit it again. 


Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Tappan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

Because I was unable to attend the 55th 
reunion due to the change in time from noon 
to 6 p.m., I could not be the gatherer of news, 
so I would like to thank John Vozzella, Jean 
O'Neil MS'63, Pat Lavoie Grugnale, and Charlie 
Murphy for giving me the following informa- 
tion. • Class reunion activities began on 
Thursday, when several classmates attended 
the Red Sox-Oaldand game. Charlie Murphy 
was able to obtain tickets in the Pavilion. John 
and Rosemary Vozzella attended the clambake 
on Friday evening and met John McCormack, 
MBA'71, and Joe Carney. On Saturday after- 
noon, several classmates attended an excellent 
tribute to the late dean of the Connell School 
of Nursing, Rita P. Kelleher, H'68. Anniversary 
classes were told to gather under a sign indi- 
cating their year for a photo. Sadly, there were 
no signs for the early classes, but I understand 
that Barbara Wincklhofer Wright used the 
Theory of Adaptation to rectify that, and a sign 
appeared and the picture was taken. If I can 
get a copy, I shall have it posted on the class 
Web site. Following the memorial Mass, about 
60 classmates met for a buffet dinner and a 
chance to chat. Charlie Murphy, as co-chair of 
the Class Gift Committee, reported that the 
class goal of $350,000 was exceeded: 48 
percent of the class contributed $367,135. 
Although classmates chatted with one another, 
I received no specific news and am reluctant 
to try to name all who were present for fear 
I will slight some by leaving out their names. 
• There is an old Civil War song called "The 
Vacant Chair," and there were chairs vacant 
that ordinarily would have been filled by faithful 
attendees Dan Foley and Matt McNamara. 
Both Dan and his wife, Carolyn (Kenney) '56, 
had been very faithful to BC and to our class 
through their many activities, so it was won- 
derful that Carolyn came to celebrate with us. 
Chairs are also vacant in the homes of Evie 
Gage Strobel, John J. Donovan, and John F. 
McLellan. Patricia Redihan Childers's beloved 
brother Bernard also died recently. The song 
ends, "We will linger to caress them while we 
breath our ev'ning prayer." Please keep our 
classmates and Bemie, as well as their families, 
in your prayers. Please pray also for class- 
mates who are bearing the burden of illness. 

nc 1955 

Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

207 Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-0973 

In gathering news for our 55th class reunion, 
I was in touch with many classmates. Many 


were unable to attend the reunion, but they 
shared news about themselves and their 
families. • Sr. Yasuki Ohashi continues her 
work in the counselor training program in 
Tokyo, where she lives with 12 adults on 
the college campus near her mother — who 
is 101 years old! She is also near another 
classmate, Kuniko Shiobara Hara. • Mary Jane 
Moyles Murray continues in her law practice. 
Mary Jane and Gerry's son Gerry is a priest 
at St. Vincent de Paul Church in New York. 

• I spoke with both Ann Sperry McGrath and 
her husband, Bob, who travel together for 
Bob's concerts. Bob has his own company 
for the recording of his CDs. He also gives 
early childhood workshops for teachers. 

• Pat Donovan McNamara lives in Southport, 
CT, with husband Leon, who does appraisals 
of antiques. Pat has worked for 20 years at 
the Norwalk Hospital, where she is assistant 
to the chairman for medicine. • We heard 
that Flo Connolly Barnes recently had hip 
surgery. We wish her well. • We were delighted 
to hear from Donna Haider Migely, who 
lives in Winnetka, IL. Donna was sorry to 
hear about Joan Costello Barbary's death. 
Donna recalled her 1955 trip to Europe with 
Carra Quinlan Wetzel and Carra's future 
sister-in-law, Betty Ann Wetzel. Donna took 
Joan's place on the trip when Joan had 
to withdraw because of her father's death. 
Donna and her husband, Joe, have 6 married 
children and 16 grandchildren living in six 
different states. Another connection to Joan 
came to me from Dorothy Dienhart Rotolo 
NC'53, who had met a friend of mine in 
Florida and wrote to me about her long 
friendship with Joan. I am also grateful to 
Joan's devoted husband, Bob, MBA'71, who 
wrote to express his appreciation for the 
words of sympathy expressed in our last 
column in Boston College Magazine. Bob 
related that Joan had struggled for more 
than 27 years with various cancers, and that 
her faith in God was strengthened as she 
raised six children with Bob. Bob said that 
Joan's loving ways and her dedication to 
serving others are being rewarded in heaven 
for sure. • Our 55th class reunion was attended 
by Ed and Winnie Weber Hicks, Pat Leclaire 
Mitchell, Mary Chisholm Sullivan, and Frank 
and Jane Quigley Hone. There was a special 
remembrance for our deceased classmates. 
We had 12 classmates at the last reunion 
five years ago. 


Correspondent: Steve Barry 

302 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 304 

Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 

We had two tables at the Laetare Sunday Mass 
and Communion breakfast. Marie, MS'55, and 
I sat with Leo'58 and Claire Hoban McCormack, 
Mary Walsh MS'58, Mary Fraser Pizzelli, Pat 
MEd'69 and Frank Furey, and Joe Connors. 
Mary Pizzelli defended her proposition that 
the seed for the development of Boston College 
as a major factor in the Boston community 
started with our class when the first women 
undergraduates were admitted. • Notes from 
the Class Committee meeting: Carol Kenney 
Foley led a group of classmates to visit Alice 
Shea in Wakefield, where she is in a residence 
for Alzheimer's syndrome patients. Art Reilly 
is back on his feet after a bout of leukemia. 
Dick Toland and Tom Reis compared notes 
on their time in last winter's Florida 
freeze. Betty Ann Casey Cox and Claire Hoban 
McCormack were proctoring exams at Harvard. 
Jack Leonard is head of a study program for 
seniors at Lasell College in Newton, which has 
a residence community, Lasell Village. Jack 
recently took part in a 20-mile walk to raise 
funds for Project Bread, and he was planning 
to do a 26-miler for the Jimmy Fund in 
September. The committee voted to make a 
Jimmy Fund donation for him. • Tom Sheehan 
has signed a contract with Milspeak Publishers 
for The Collected Works of Tom Sheehan. Tom 
stepped into his 83rd year on March 5 by writ- 
ing a new short story, which is now online on 
Rope and Wire. Troubadour 21 has over 60 of 
Tom's pieces online, and he will soon be in 
the 10th out of 11 issues of Ocean Magazine. 
• David M. Reagan has returned to Massachu- 
setts and is living in Lakeville for the present. 
He left the Austin area very reluctantly, but 
after his wife, Mary, died in August, it was 
time to come home to family. Dave's first 
wife — of 38 years — died in 1999. • Carolyn 
Kenney Foley could not attend the Laetare 
Sunday celebration because Dan '55 had just 
been admitted to hospice care after three 
weeks in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 
Sadly, Dan died in March. Also, Elizabeth Burns 
of Syracuse, NY, died in April. Please keep 
them and all classmates and families in your 




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NC I956 

Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 

On Friday evening, June n, Gail O'Donnell, 
RSCJ, STM'8o, celebrated her golden jubilee 
as a religious of the Sacred Heart! A Mass of 
the Sacred Heart was celebrated at Newton 
Country Day School. Marion Linehan Kraemer, 
Sheila McCarthy Higgins, John JD'62 and 
Ursula Cahalan Connors, and Steve '55 and 
Patricia Leary Dowling were in attendance. 
Gail's sister, Bridget O'Donnell Mudse (one of 
the twins), and her husband from New Hamp- 
shire were also there. It was a truly glorious 
celebration, with Gail giving the homily. 
Congratulations to Gail. • The dates for our 
55th reunion are June n-12, 2011. More later! 
• A reminder: the AASH directory is online; 
to search for an alum, visit 


Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

John L. Harrington, MBA'66, was the recipi- 
ent of an honorary degree at the 2010 Boston 
College Commencement. John is chairman 
and a trustee of the Yawkey Foundations, and 
he was CEO of the Red Sox from 1992 to 
2002. He has served as president of the BC 
Alumni Association and received the William 
V. McKenney Award, the association's highest 
honor. He also has served as a trustee of the 
University, and he continues to serve as a 
trustee associate. John, the Class of 1957 is 
very proud of your significant contributions 
and endeavors over the years. Our very best to 
you. • In March, several members of our class 
gathered at the Strand Country Club in Naples. 
The attendees included Mary and Jim Devlin; 
Cele'58 and Jim Doherty; Bob and Anita 
Matthews; Anne and Ed Hines; Maureen and 
Santo Listro; Neil and Joan Curley; Joyce and 
Paul Wentworth; Jim and Margie DiMare; Bill 
Heavey and Judy Deibel; Phyllis and Frank 
Geraci MBA'65; Tom'58 and Joan Lynch; Jane 
and Jim Daly; Jim and Betty Turley; Joan and 
Bill Cunningham; Maureen and John Har- 
rington; Linda and Joe McMenimen; Joanna 
and John Ryan; Annette '58 and Vic Popeo; 
Kaye and Tom Giblin '50; Vera and Don Fox; 
Ellen and Frank Higgins; Judy and Larry 
Chisholm; Elaine and Jim Connolly; and Betsy 
and Ed Brickley. Bill Cunningham and John 
Harrington and their wives again hosted this 
marvelous time with their wonderful generosity 
and kindness. Also, many thanks to our dear 
classmate Ed Brickley for a superb job in 
reporting this wonderful event. • A scholar- 
ship honoring "master mentors" Mary Lou 
Hogan, MEd'61, and my longtime personal 
friend and associate James Murphy '58 of the 


Massachusetts Maritime Academy was 
formally announced by Woods College Dean 
James Woods, SJ, '54, MAT'61, STB'62, at the 
WCAS Class of 2010 dinner at Anthony's Pier 
4 in Boston on April 13. • The class extends its 
sincere sympathy to the families of John O. 
"Jack" Daly, who passed away on April 13, and 
William M. Bucelewicz, who died on February 
25. • Class dues for the new academic year 
remain at $25. Please remit to Bill Tobin, MBA'70, 
181 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. 

NC I957 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

Early May found Ellie Pope Clem, Liz Doyle 
Eckl. and Connie Hanley Smith as house- 
guests of Connie Weldon LeMaitre. The reason: 
to attend a recital by Cathy Connolly Beatty 
in Boston. There, we were joined by Nancy 
Bowdring, Carol McCurdy Regenauer, Lucille 
Saccone Giovino, and Rosemary Stuart Dwyer 
NC'58. The program comprised Broadway 
show runes by Gershwin, Kern and Hammer- 
stein, and Cole Porter. After an elegant lunch 
at the Taj, we four stopped by the Newton 
Campus en route back to Andover. We were 
met by Jack Howard, SJ, '59, MA/PHL'62, 
BD'68, who kindly took us through Barat 
House, which houses offices of BC staff 
members. After an initial feeling of hesitation 
at entering what we remembered as the nuns' 
cloistered residence, we appreciated the tour. 
We even visited the room that had been the 
"crypt" chapel, where Fr. Joyce said daily 
Mass. It was reassuring to see how well main- 
tained the buildings and grounds are. • In the 
Spring 2010 issue, we read about Neil and 
Joan (Hanlon) Curley's cruise to South America. 
Unfortunately, Don and Nancy (Harvey) 
Hunt, who had planned to join them, had to 
cancel due to Don's sudden illness. Nancy 
writes that, after many of months of difficult 
treatment, Don is now back to playing golf 
and is feeling good. Nancy thanks everyone 
for their prayers. Perhaps Nancy and Don will 
get to take that cruise to South America after 
all! • Thank you all for keeping in touch. 


Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 

Congratulations to Johanna Pallotta, who 
received the Outstanding Clinical Endocrinol- 
ogist Award from the American Association 
of Clinical Endocrinologists at its annual 
meeting in Boston. Johanna is an associate 
professor of medicine at Harvard Medical 
School and a senior physician at Beth Israel 
Deaconess Medical Center. She formerly was 
a research and clinical fellow at Yale before 
beginning her illustrious career as a clinical 
endocrinologist. Johanna's late husband and 
her four children are all physicians. • Peter 
Guilmette reports that he does not regret his 

recent move from Acton, MA, to North Carolina. 

• An interesting article appeared recently in 
the Boston Globe, quoting Sheldon Daly's com- 
ments on an issue regarding his parish, St. 
Paul's in Hingham. Sheldon has been a lector 
at St. Paul's parish for 42 years. • Condolences 
of the class go out to the families of Roland 
Desilets, John Flynn, and Bob Donehey. 
Roland lived in Malvern, PA, and was a soft- 
ware designer. He leaves his wife, Frances 
Veronica; four children; and eight grandchildren. 
John lived in Salt Lake City and spent his 
career as a law professor and a counsel in 
major antitrust and regulated industry cases. 
He leaves his wife, Sheila Anne; three chil- 
dren; and four grandchildren. Bob lived in 
Needham and was my classmate at BC High. 
He was in sales in the food industry and leaves 
his wife, Shirley; three children; and six grand- 
children. • Bob Black, living in Buzzards Bay, 
is a professor at the Massachusetts Maritime 
Academy. Bob and wife Joan have 6 children, 
13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. • In 
recognition of his 26 years of dedicated 
service and teaching expertise at the Woods 
College of Advancing Studies, Boston College 
honored Jim Murphy, together with fellow 
WCAS teacher Mary Hogan '57, MEd'61, by 
establishing a scholarship in their names. The 
Murphy name will be carried on in the English 
department of Woods College, as his son Ted 
'93, a teacher and novelist, now teaches the 
same course Jim once taught. • After many 
years as a distinguished professor in the 
School of Law at SUNY Buffalo, Kenny Joyce, 
JD'61, and his bride, Rita Moore Joyce, are 
enjoying retirement on the Cape. They are 
now closer to their two children, Mary '87 and 
Michael '90, who are both attorneys in 
Massachusetts. • Joe Linnehan is keeping 
physically active in his retirement by running 
daily and has completed 13 marathons. Joe, 
formerly an assistant principal in Waltham, 
has three children and four grandchildren. 

• Please let me hear from you, and don't forget 
your class dues. Send your check for $25 to 
Jack "Mucca" McDevitt, 28 Cedar Rd., Medford, 
MA 02155. 

NC I958 

Correspondent: Jo Geary 

27 Kingswood Road 

Aubumdale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

The importance of staying connected is proven 
once again. Mary Keating McKell credits good 
hospital care plus the loving support and 
prayers of family and classmates Kate Glutting 
Arcand and Mary Azzara Archdeacon for pull- 
ing her through six days of hospitalization in 
January while fighting off a bad virus. Mary is 
now cutting back on her work and planning 
travels with Dave. • Another story of RSCJ 
connections: Shortly after World War II, when 
Audie Nolan Galvin was in the 10th grade at 
Newton Country Day School, a pen-pal project 
was started with Sacred Heart children in 
Japan. Audie's original pen pal at the RSCJ 
Tokyo school stopped writing, but another 
student, Yori Oda, continued the correspon- 
dence. Through a series of paths not taken, 
Yori has been in this country for 42 years and 
is a resident of Cambridge. With a BA from 

the University of Manchester, England, and a 
background in economics, she maintained 
her interest in the Chinese language and in 
developing countries. She has now retired as 
senior preceptor at Harvard University, where 
she taught Japanese culture through literature. 
We welcome Yori at our Newton '58 luncheons 
in Wellesley. • Beth Duffy Legare, committee 
member for the luncheon at the Dunes Club 
in Narragansett, RI, reports that RSCJ members 
of Teresian House in New York and the Rhode 
Island Food Bank were beneficiaries of the 
event. • Mary Denman O'Shea is a new volunteer 
at Selby Gardens — famous for its orchids — in 
Sarasota, FL. • Judith Young Runnerte traveled 
to Jordan and Egypt recently, inspired by a 
picture of her grandmother and great-uncle 
on camels in front of a pyramid. "I thought I 
should follow suit," she said. • Judy Carey Zesiger, 
grandmother of six, including triplets, has moved 
from New York City to Florida and travels at 
least once a year to Vietnam, where her son 
lives; she has seen most of the seven wonders 
of the Asian world. • Lucy Reuter Dolan and 
Margie George Vis have had wonderful 
reunions: Wisconsin in September and St. 
Louis in April. Lucy and husband Danny have 
four grandchildren graduating this season, 
two in the Chicago area and two in Tennessee. 
• Sue Fay Ryan, mother of five and grand- 
mother of seven, including adopted sisters 
from Ethiopia, has several advanced degrees 
including a DEd. She plans to retire this season 
after 36 years of public school teaching, and 
she's now studying Spanish. Sue was in Boca 
Raton, FL, for the wedding of the son of M. J. 
Eagan English, MEd'59, in March. 


Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-421'] 

There was a fine representation of our class at 
the BC volunteers dinner: Beth Grady MS'64, 
Elizabeth Power Keohane, Andrea and Marty 
Redington, Margaret and Charlie Lynch, and 
Marilyn and Frank Scimone, along with my 
wife, Marilyn, and me. • The class is saddened 
to learn of the death of Nancy Pacious Lane on 
April 2. Nancy was married to Tom Lane '58. 
Her family has requested that any donations 
in her name be made to the Boston College 
Connell School of Nursing. 

NC I959 

Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 


Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

The Golden Eagles celebrated a great reunion, 
meeting classmates from near and far. The 


evening meal on Saturday, attended by 300 
people, including 150 of our classmates, was 
superb beyond comparison. I believe it was 
the largest event we've had since we graduated. 
Our reunion, and related events held earlier in 
the year, began with the hard work of our 
excellent Planning Committee. Some members 
of the group stand out. Fred O'Neill took on 
the responsibility for the Naples event in 
March, and the great time enjoyed by so many 
people has led to the possibility of another 
Naples trip next year. Peter Johnson — our 
yearbook editor — produced a great recollec- 
tion of past events, with the help of Al Hyland 
and Pauline LeBlanc Doherty. Among the 
many events that took place during Reunion 
Weekend was a Connell School of Nursing 
reunion. • I would be remiss if I did not thank 
Al Hyland for the arduous work he did in 
researching and preparing an "In Memoriam," 
remembering our classmates who have passed 
away. Listed among the deceased was John 
Sheehan. Needless to say, John was shocked! 
He told his roommate, Fr. Leo Shea, that he 
had risen from the dead like Lazarus and was 
sent by God to keep Fr. Leo on the straight 
and narrow. John and Leo had served as lay 
missionaries upon graduation in i960. Ed 
Doherty also appeared on the list, but was 
resurrected and is living the good life. Fr. Leo 
would not have missed this event for anything. 
He is retiring at the end of this year. He has 
long been a Maryknoll priest and will be 
maintaining his association with the Blessed 
Assurance Orphanage in Montego Bay, 
Jamaica. If you would like to contact Fr. Leo or 
learn more about the orphanage, write to 
Maryknoll Fathers, POB 304, Maryknoll, NY 
10545-0304. Fr. Leo will be in the Boston area 
after his retirement. • Finally, thank you to all 
who made this reunion the best of all! The 
turnout was impressive, with some classmates 
returning to the Heights for the first time in 
50 years. If you missed our 50th, stay well and 
resolve to come to our 55th reunion in 2015. 

NC i960 

Correspondent: Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 

53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

After a year of planning, our 50th Newton 
Reunion Weekend began on Friday, June 4, 
with a panel discussion, "The Way We Were," 
led by Boston College Magazine editor Ben 
Birnbaum, who posed questions covering the 
years of 1956-1960. Sally O'Connell Healy 
represented Newton College well and 
expressed our appreciation to BC for includ- 
ing us as alumni these past 35 years and •for 
helping us keep connected with our Newton 
friends. At Robsham Theater, we were welcomed 
to our investiture as Golden Eagles. Then BC 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, spoke about 
the future of Boston College. He made it very 
clear that BC will maintain its mission as a 
Jesuit, Catholic university. He gave each of us 
a pin with our Newton College seal, and we 
enjoyed a reception on the patio. • The i960 
Golden Eagles yearbook was unique as it was 
dedicated to four pioneering women of the BC 
community: Rita P. Kelleher H'68; Josephina 
Concannon, CSJ, MEd'49, PhD'57; Alice E. 

Bourneuf H'77; and Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, 
MA'51, president of Newton College from 
1956 to 1969. The Newton College seal 
appeared for the first time in the yearbook, and 
the Newton section, highlighted by Sally Healy's 
notes on the history of Newton College and Sr. 
Gabrielle's dedication, included 58 bios. Special 
thanks to Sally, Carole Ward McNamara, 
Berenice Hackett Davis, and Pat Winkler 
Browne for their help with the yearbook and 
also to all who sent information or pictures. 
The BC Reunion Committee was very wel- 
coming — and special thanks to Peter Johnson 
'60, who provided leadership for the success 
of the yearbook. Thanks also to Pat Browne, 
gift chair, and Kathleen McDermott Kelsh for 
contacting every classmate, helping us to 
reach a 65 percent participation rate in our 
class giving to BC. • Saturday night's dinner at 
Barat House drew 50 classmates plus 22 
guests. Classmates were Lee Dalkiewicz 
Anton, Betsy DeLone Balas, Michaelene Mar- 
tin Barrett, Mary Egan Boland JD'65, Debbie 
Fitzgerald Bourke, Anne Canniff Boyle, Pat 
Browne, Carol Johnson Cardinal, Ann Blunt 
Condon, Jeanne Hanrihan Connolly, Joan Di 
Menna Dahlen, Berenice Hackett Davis, 
Lennie Coniglio DeScepel, Connie Lucca 
Donovan, Patricia McCarthy Dorsey, Elaine 
Holland Early, Dee Demers Ferdon, Mary 
Elizabeth Brusch Field, Peggy Massman Free- 
man, Sue Kenney Gaetano, Moira Donnelly 
Gault, Sheila Marshall Gill, Martha Miele 
Harrington, Mary Harrington, Sally Healy, 
Mary-Anne Hehir Helms, Rosemary Roche 
Hobson, Blanche Hunnewell, Kathleen Kelsh, 
Ursula Kent Lanigan MPH73, Brenda Koehler 
Laundry, Nancy Madden Leamy, Peggy Flynn 
Lee, Lee O'Connor Lynch, Mary Mahon Mac- 
Millan, Loretta Maguire, Lita Capobianco 
Mainelli, Pat Beattie McDonald, Carole McNa- 
mara, Judy Romano McNamara, Kathy Runkle 
O'Brien, Carol Higgins O'Connor, Julie Anne 
O'Neill, Stella Clark O'Shea, Ferna Ronci 
Rourke, Mary Lou Foster Ryan MSW'85, Jane 
Wray Ryan, Marie McCabe Stebbins, Sheila 
O'Connor Toal, and Gail Hannaford Walsh. 
We missed Bill and Dot Radics McKeon 
(whose mother passed away, I am sad to 
report, at age 98 the week before the reunion) 
as well as other classmates who were unable 
to attend due to health issues: Fran Fortin 
Breau, Eleanor Coppola Brown, Grace Tamm 
Escudero, and Gaby Gyorky Mackey. Our class 
picture was taken on the steps of Barat, and a 
video, created by Pat McDonald, of our past 
reunions and gatherings was a real treat. 
• Marie Stebbins and Carol Cardinal helped 
with the memorial Mass on Sunday by inviting 
the participants and greeting all. Thanks to them 
and to Peggy Freeman, who did the readings; 
Stella O'Shea, who brought up the petitions; and 
Lennie DeScepel, who read the prayers of the 
faithful and to our Eucharist ministers, Pat 
Browne, Berenice Davis, and Sally Healy. Fr. 
Neenan, H'08, offered a beautiful Mass and 
homily, and the liturgy was enhanced by the 
lovely voices of Laetitia Blain and Delia Duart 
'79. We were honored that Suzanne Thornton's 
sister Margo Isabelle and her daughter Sarah 
Curtin '91 and Rosemary Stuart Dwyer NC'57, 
sister of Joanne Stuart MEd'69, could join us 
at the Mass and the brunch that followed. At 
the brunch, Pat Browne presented a Chinese 
brush painting of chrysanthemums, painted by 
Sr. Gabrielle at age 94, to the Alumni Association 

as a gift from Newton. It is already hanging 
proudly in Alumni House. • So now our 50th 
reunion is history. I hope you all will have 
many fond memories of the time spent with 
friends and will keep connected to BC and to 
your Newton classmates! 


Correspondents: Dave and Joan Angino 


3 Earl Road 

Bedford, MA 01730; 781-275-6334 

We begin with the sad news that three of our 
classmates have recently passed away: Maureen 
Donnellan Buzzell of Hingham on January 25, 
Chester Suchecki of Clementon, NJ, on April 17, 
and Frank "Bubba" Larkin of Belmont and 
Rye Beach on May 10. Also Pat Hannon, wife 
of classmate Bob Hannon, passed away on 
April 16. May they all rest in peace. • We hear 
from Nancy Magri Dubin that Mary Sullivan 
Greenfield lives in Salem, NH. She is retired 
from nursing and has six grandchildren. She 
said that she and Ellen Wedgeworth Ryan 
regularly attend the Pan American Airline 
reunions, where they worked after graduation. 
Claire Lawton is back in West Concord and 
has retired as a co-administrator of a nursing 
agency. • Chris Murphy Mayor is working in a 
physician's office at MGH. She has a daughter 
who lives in France, a son in Denmark, and 
two daughters in Massachusetts. • Patricia 
Harrigan Hutchinson moved to Maine in 
1968- and worked at a hospital in Augusta, 
retiring in 2005 as director of health educa- 
tion. • In our last issue John "Red" Lane 
requested information on Joseph X. Grant, 
who was our classmate in freshman year. Joe 
was awarded the Congressional Medal of 
Honor and promoted to captain posthumously 
for his gallantry in battle during the Vietnam 
War. He graduated from Matignon High in 
1957 along with several of our classmates. 
Dick Gill, who was one of his boyhood best 
friends, tells us that Joe left BC after his first 
semester and enlisted in the Army. He never 
told Dick, he just went. Three years later, Dick 
met Joe in the neighborhood. He was a para- 
trooper and was about to become a helicopter 
pilot. He was later offered a commission as a 
2nd lieutenant and went to Korea, married a 
Korean woman, and learned Korean as well as 
several other Asian languages. He was promoted 
to 1st lieutenant and was a company com- 
mander in Vietnam on November 13, 1966, 
when his unit was on a search-and-clear 
mission. His heroism that day is described in 
the citation of his Medal of Honor: A fierce 
firefight began, and the enemy attempted to 
overwhelm Joe's force. Seeing a platoon leader 
wounded, Joe went to his aid and moved him 
to a secure position. Although wounded in the 
shoulder, Joe went on to rescue another soldier 
but "was pinned down by fire from an enemy 
machine gun. With a supply of hand grenades, 
he crawled forward under a withering hail of 
fire, knocked out the machine gun, and... 
moved the wounded man to safety. Learning 
that several other wounded men were pinned 
down by enemy fire... [Joe] disregarded his 
painful wound and led five men across the 
fire-swept open ground to effect a rescue. Fol- 


lowing the return of the wounded men to the 
perimeter, a concentration of mortar fire 
landed in their midst and [Joe] was killed 
instantly. His heroic actions saved the lives of 
a number of his comrades and enabled the 
task force to repulse... and defeat the enemy." 
The full text of the citation can be found at 
nam-a-l.html. Joe's name has been inscribed 
on the BC Veterans Memorial, which was 
dedicated last November. 

Tom Martin '61, P'86, '03 

NC I961 

Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 
1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

Our very own Madam President Brigid 
O'Sullivan Sheehan wrote: "Friday night, 
April 16, nine of us met at the Boston College 
Club in Boston to begin planning for our 50th: 
Faith Mead Bertrand, Ellen MacDonald Car- 
bone, Rosie Hanley Cloran, Maryann Mor- 
rissey Curtin, Babs Kager, Linda Gray MacKay 
MA'04, Barbara Feely O'Brien (who is expect- 
ing her 20th grandchild), Mary Walsh, and I. 
Absent was Joan Donohoe O'Neil, MAT' 90. 
The dates are June 3-3, 2011. We had such a 
wonderful evening, planning and remember- 
ing." In the next issue, I will tell you more 
about events, and information will also be 
mailed to us at a future date. • Susie Ahern 
wrote that she is retired and enjoys living in 
North Carolina. • I spoke with Sheila Flaherty 
Comerford recently. She said she is looking 
forward to our reunion in June 2011. • Beth 
Good Wadden sent a note and pictures of her 
five children at her son's wedding in Seattle 
last winter. This was especially meaningful for 
her because her children live in various parts 
of the country. • We are so happy to hear that 
Judy Vollbrecht, RSCJ. returned safely to Haiti 
to continue her mission work. Remember, I 
have her address if you would like to help her. 
She is planning to attend our reunion! • For 
those of us who have not lived in the "Baws- 
tin" area for a while, we need to start practic- 
ing. Quincy is Quinzee; Dedham is Dead-um; 
Peabody is Pee-ba-dee; and it's not a water 
fountain, it's a bubblah! And by the way — 
Mary Sue Flanagan is not an "Ignition volun- 
teer," she is an Ignatian volunteer. My apolo- 
gies, Mary Sue! 


Correspondents: Frank and Eileen (Trish) 


33 Gleason Road 

Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 

Gene Guerrera sent a note saying he and wife 
Pat now live on the Cape. Their daughter Ali- 
cia and her husband, Michael, had their sec- 
ond child, Rowan Hope Boisseau, last Decem- 
ber. • Larry Donoghue retired recently as 
division chairman for Dillard's in San Anto- 
nio, where he and his family lived for 27 years. 
Sadly, Larry's wife, Karen, died of breast can- 
cer in February 2009. Larry summers on the 
Cape and would love to hear from classmates 



lorn Martin '61, P'86, '03, played 
58 minutes of the 19 61 Beanpot 
championship game. The two 
minutes he missed were spent in the 
penalty box, having been whistled for 
aggressive defense. Nearly completing an 
entire game is the stuff of legend, as is 
scoring the winning goal. "In my mind, 
I can still clearly see the open area of the 
net and the puck going in," he recalls. 

Graduating with an accounting degree, 
the two-time ail-American played for the 
1964 U.S. Olympic hockey team and 
forged a successful career in financial 
management before executing a crossover 
as successful as any he had made on ice. 

In 1982, Martin founded Cramer 
Productions when he purchased the video 
division of the electronics company for 
which he worked as a controller. Over 
the ensuing 28 years, Martin has grown 
the company into a full-service digital 
marketing firm with clients such as Staples and PricewaterhouseCoopers. As CEO 
and chairman, he oversees all operations. He also helped create several best- 
selling sports films, including the five-part documentary The Story of Golf, the 
critically-acclaimed Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History, and Banner Years: The 
Official History of the Boston Garden, which won a New England Emmy Award. 

Below, Martin shares his thoughts on life and BC: 

Tom Martin knows how to win on the ice 
and in the boardroom. 


Overall, having seven children who are 
important contributors at Cramer. 


Being blessed with a wonderful wife 
for 49 years. 


The relationships I had with hockey 
coach Snooks Kelley '28 and baseball 
coach Eddie Pellagrini. 


To continue to work, stay healthy, and 
enjoy my grandchildren. 


Mix with people outside their own circle. 


I have a greater respect for other points 
of view. When you're young, things are 
pretty black and white. Later on, you 

realize things are about 80 percent gray. 
I guess you could call that maturity. 


Snooks Kelley. I went to Cambridge Latin, 
and he was a teacher there. I had decided 
to go to Harvard and told my coach, who 
said I had to tell Mr. Kelley about my 
decision. Snooks brought me into the 
teachers' lounge and sat me down. After 
he talked with me, I figured I'd better tell 
Harvard I was going to BC. 


A good work ethic and integrity. 


A little library that used to be in the base- 
ment of Fulton Hall, where I would study 
before hockey and baseball practice. 


Set up a day when the Board of Trustees 
and the Alumni Association members could 
meet together to share thoughts and ideas. 



at his Chatham address: 39 Doane Rd., Chatham, 
MA 02633. * J ac k McKinnon called to tell me 
that Dick Couture retired from Coopers & 
Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) after 
48 years with the company. Dick joined Coopers 
right after graduating from BC with a degree 
in accounting. He is clearly a rare breed in 
today's fluid work environment. He now 
spends his time playing golf and also hockey 
in a senior league. • Paul Norton wanted class- 
mates to know that Charlie Hughes passed 
away recently. Paul mentioned that there was 
an exceptional tribute in the Boston Globe (May 
20, 2010) honoring Charlie for his nearly 20 
years of service as a youth basketball coordina- 
tor in West Roxbury and Roslindale. Those 
who knew Charlie said his motivation came 
from seeing kids develop and overcome physi- 
cal and mental challenges. The article praised 
Charlie for his long life of giving back to 
others. We extend our sincere condolences to 
Charlie's family. • Best wishes to all and 
remember, we would love to hear from you! 

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Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham, MA 02043 

Barbara Collette Sauve was recently visiting 
Anne Morgan O'Connor, and I was glad to be 
able to catch up with her a bit. I was so sorry to 
hear that Barbara's husband, Donald, passed 
away in 2008. Barbara's two sons live in 
British Columbia, one in Vancouver and the 
other in Whistler. Her daughter is nearby in 
Montreal. Barbara is in touch with Maureen 
Slattery Durley, who is also from the Montreal 
area. Gail Capon Hill and Edwina Lynch 
McCarthy joined Anne and Barbara for lunch 
and had a wonderful reunion. • It was a 
privilege to attend the memorial Mass for Paul 
Mooney, son of Bill '60 and Jackie Gegan 
Mooney, held on May 1 at Trinity Chapel on 
the Newton Campus. Paul died in December 
2009 at age 44 after having battled cystic 
fibrosis since the age of 9. I came away 
touched by the very full life Paul led despite 
this chronic disease, his deep spirituality, and 
his connection to the cystic fibrosis commu- 
nity, many members of which came from all 
over the country to pay their respects. • For the 
third year, a group from the Newton College 
Class of '62 gathered in Florida for a minire- 
union. Once again, Anne Gallagher Murphy 
kindly sent a write-up about it: "Several of us 
continued our Florida March reunion tradition, 
which seems to be getting bigger and better 
every year. Despite a chilly March, Pat Beck 
Klebba, Holley Hicok Schroeder, Bonnie 
Tubridy Blosat, Kathy Mahoney Guilmette, 
Janet Richmond Latour, Pat McArdle Shaw, 
Susan Wall Harris, Marie Sullivan Gorham, 
and I met at various times: a walk on the 
beach, lunch, dinner, shopping, and our high- 
light dinner at Ron and Holley Schroeder's 
beautiful home in Osprey. Our main reunion 
is the first week of March, but if you come 
anytime between February 15 and April 1, at 
least a few us are available, and we love to get 
together. Hope to see you there." Judy Bertsch 
Ritter, Joanna Bertsch Yaukey, and I had 
planned on being there but had to cancel at 

the last minute. We hope to make it next 
year. • Katie Fishel McCullough wrote from 
Arizona that she and husband Bill see a lot of 
Ginger Wurzer O'Neal and her husband, 
Denny. • Please send me news about yourself 
or other classmates. 


Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 

121 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02169; 617-479-1714 

I met the inseparable Gene Durgin and Ed 
O'Brien at the BC-Red Sox spring training 
game in Fort Myers. Both admitted to having 
had two months of sunny Florida relaxation 
without being able to stick a toe in the Gulf or 
a swimming pool. During the ensuing month 
of March, Eileen '64 and I never used the air 
conditioner, except for heat! It can only get 
better next year! Gene is retired from a career in 
financial management, while Eddie continues 
his radiology practice in St. Louis. The Red 
Sox and the Flynn Fund nicely collaborated on 
the barbecue luncheon prior to the BC-Sox 
game, to the enjoyment of BC fans, and it was 
well worth the take. • While in Florida, we also 
attended the annual St. Pat's parade in Naples 
and bumped into our class president, Tom 
McCabe, and his wife, Marge,, who persuaded 
us to march in the parade with the current 
class of Golden Eagles. Our "marching" ended 
prematurely, as we passed the well-known 
McCabe's (Tom says no relation) on Fifth 
Ave., where we thoroughly enjoyed great Irish 
music and the usual corned beef and cabbage. 
Tom is a great and well-traveled ambassador 
for our class, particularly as we approach our 
Golden Eagle anniversary reunion in 2013. 
Sounds like a parade entry in Naples in March 
of that year is in the works. • I am sad to report 
we have lost the following classmates: Eliza- 
beth H. McCool of Woonsocket, RI, died on 
January 28. Elizabeth had retired after a 
career as a nurse and a teacher. William C. 
Franz died on December 15, 2009. Bill was a 
journalist, editor, and longtime resident of 
West Brighton on Staten Island. He leaves his 
wife, Maureen (McGlynn); a son; a daughter; 
his father; and one grandchild. John M. 
Marinofsky of Framingham died on March 14, 
and Peter McGrath of Billerica died on April 
19. • Please write with class news! 

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 

ckm2@ mi 

106 Woodhue Lane 

Gary, NC 27518; 919-233-0563 

Kudos to Carolyn Mclnerney McGrath! She 

had the idea for a Newton gathering in New 
York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
with a SWC-ish theme, and she pulled it off 
beautifully. After a dinner for local attendees 
in Connecticut the evening before, on April 
13, n of our lucky classmates gathered at the 
Met for a tour of the Greek and Roman collec- 
tions. They were Susan Frisbee, Margie Dever 
Shea, Judy DeMarco, Marion Kelly Daley, 
Carol Donovan Levis, Susan McAuliffe Brown, 

Dorothy Daly Voris, Maureen Lambert Roxe, 
Carol Singleton Dockery, Mary Peirce Connor 
Burke, and Carolyn. (Sadly, Sharon Leahy 
Mahar and Martha Meaney Cummings had to 

cancel.) The private tour was "fabulous" — the 
docent's extensive knowledge of the period led 
many to vow to reread The Iliad. The group 
had lunch at the museum and that night, they 
met Sue Moynahan Spain for dinner. The day 
was so successful that it inspired a plan for 
next year — our 48th — a tour of the MFA in 
Boston. Carol Donovan Levis will plan it. We 
have plenty of time to clear our calendars to 
attend. • After discovering that they have lived 
in the same town — Cary, NC — for years, 
Colette Koechley McCarty and Nancy Waeber 
Gleiman, MEd'79, recently had lunch 
together — a long lunch — it's daunting to catch 
up on almost 50 years. Nancy has a daughter 
and grandchildren living in the area, so she 
gets a lot of grandmother time. I was sorry to 
learn that the Gleimans lived here for several 
years before Dr. Gleiman's death, which 
meant I missed the opportunity to visit with 
him. Those who took "The Alienation of 
Western Culture" with me will appreciate this 
loss. • Maureen Sennott O'Leary visited with 
Colette and Tom McCarty in North Carolina 
last April to celebrate her birthday. • Boston 
College sponsored a daylong conference, "Liv- 
ing the Journey: Spirituality for the Second 
Half of Life," at which there were almost 900 
attendees. Among them were Carol Donovan 
Levis, Maureen Sennott O'Leary, Mary Peirce 
Connor Burke, and Margie Dever Shea. The 
talk given by Fr. Michael Himes — one of the 
most popular teachers in the theology depart- 
ment—was outstanding, according to reports. 
Any chance of reprints? • I'd love to include 
your news here; just drop me an e-mail at 
ckm2@mindspring.c0m. • Have a great sum- 
mer — talk to you in the fall. 


Correspondent: John Moynihan 

27 Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

BC is currently in the design phase of Stokes 
Hall, an 180,000-square-foot building that 
will contain offices for various humanities 
departments as well as space for classrooms 
and student formation programs. The building 
will be named after Patrick T. Stokes, who 
recently received the James F. Geary '50, H'93, 
"Masters Award," presented to an individual of 
"exceptional leadership and imagination pertaining 
to the life of the University." Pat has served on 
BC's board of trustees since 1996. As vice 
chair in 2004, he was part of the BC team that 
negotiated the purchase of the University's 
new Brighton Campus. • Michael St. Clair, 
MA'65, professor of psychology at Emmanuel 
College, presented "Changes, Challenges, and 
Opportunities in Midlife and Beyond" at the 
BC alumni conference "Living the Journey: 
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life." You 
can download his presentation from the 
alumni Web site at 
• Dan Higgins reports that he has retired from 
Boston Coach and is delivering Meals on 
Wheels in Brookline five days a week to keep 
busy. • Jim Spillane, SJ, MA'68, MDiv'76, 


reports from Mwanza, Tanzania, on the shores 
of Lake Victoria, where he is teaching at the 
university and developing a curriculum on 
tourism management. In his spare time he is 
studying Swahili. • Chuck Clough was the 
main speaker at the June BC High Business 
Breakfast, speaking on "Opportunities in 
Global Equity." Chuck is chairman and 
CEO of Clough Capital Partners. • Steve Duffy 
reports that daughter Stephanie will attend 
the University of Nevada, Reno on a Nevada 
Millennium Scholarship. Daughter Ellen was 
one of 30 swimmers her age (15-17) invited to 
Phase 2 of qualifying for the U.S. Junior 
National Synchronized Swimming Team. 
• We were pleased to hear from Eileen (Howley) 
Luddy. who noted that Class of '64 alumnae 
of the Lynch School of Education have been 
meeting yearly for a luncheon and social time, 
usually at Alumni House, for many, many 
years. She writes. "The people most active in 
organizing this have been Ursula Maglio 
Lyons and Elinor Rupp Downey. Many of us 
alumnae are not interested in football games... 
and do not live close enough to BC to "drop 
by" for an evening's lecture. But we do care 
about seeing our old friends and getting to 
know them all over again — as the women they 
have become!" Eileen suggested that '64 alumni 
— or diose in other classes — might also consider 
such gatherings. Please contact the Alumni 
Association if you'd be interested. • I am sad 
to report the passing of two classmates: John 
Coury of Vienna, VA, and Jack McDonnell of 
Natick. After the Peace Corps, John was 
employed by the World Bank, the Pan American 
Health Organization, and USAID, and he 
traveled and worked extensively throughout 
South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. 
Jack was a systems engineer for IBM from 
1964 until his retirement in 1991. 

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Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

Mary Shay McGuire is hoping that someone 
can identify the song, the music to which we 
"borrowed" to write our own (very clever) 
lyrics for a play in freshman year. We didn't 
actually write the music too, did we? Mary's 
memory includes: "Jean-Paul Sartre, Rene 
Descartes." I can remember this much: "Matter 
and form construed a pact, enabling potency 
to react. Philosophers should not agree. The 
fashion's incongruity. The cloudier, the more 
obscure, the better it is. Confusion's the 
byword. It sure isn't my word." I can even 
hum the tune, but that's it. Any takers? • My 
daughter Dana works in San Francisco for 
Linden Lab, a virtual world technology company 
and the creator of the virtual world, Second 
Life. The company describes itself as "a revo- 
lutionary new form of shared experience, 
where individuals jointly inhabit a 3-D 
landscape and build the world around them." 
Dana and her co-workers worldwide operate 
primarily through avatars of their own cre- 
ation (wasn't this a movie?). In Second Life, 
not only can an individual go shopping, build 
a home, and travel; major corporations can 
conduct global meetings. Wouldn't you love to 

see the avatar created by an IBM executive? 
Dana also said that the occasion when you 
meet the "real-life" person behind the Second- 
Life avatar is always an interesting experience. 
I periodically ask Dana if she's actually getting 
paid to do this job. I've seen those avatars. 
This looks like way too much fun to be a real- 
life job! • Now for this column to have a sec- 
ond life, or any life, for that matter, it's up to 
you. You have three months until I write the 
next column. Think what you can do in those 
three months. Do it — and tell me about it! 

Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1187 

Our 45th reunion weekend was very enjoyable. 
The weather was great, and many classmates 
attended the events. Word has it that the 50th 
reunion is the bestl Skip Canniff and his wife, 
Boots, flew in from Denver to attend. Skip is a 
retired elementary-school principal in Jefferson 
County. Their three children — Jennifer, Nata- 
lie, and Gregory — all reside in the Denver- 
Boulder area. Skip and Boots are enjoying 
retirement, dividing their time between their 
three "home" cultures: Denver/Morrison in 
Colorado, Boston/Norwood in Massachusetts, 
and Manila/Lucena in the Philippines, where 
they spent January snorkeling on Panglao 
Island. Skip was fortunate to see the Eagles 
win the NCAA Frozen Four in Denver in 

2008 with classmate Jim Gormley, MA'69. 

• George Baldwin worked in hospital adminis- 
tration for 13 years for the Arabian American 
Oil Company after working in Turkey for 
3 years. He and his wife, Luzmila, a native 
Peruvian, have a daughter, Martina Sarah, 
who was born in Saudi Arabia. Martina 
received her BS in public relations from the 
University of Florida and her master's in 
communication from California State. George 
and Luzmila live primarily in Orange County 
but have strong ties to Cape Cod. • Elaine 
Anderson Shibley writes that daughter 
Suzanne, with husband Doug and their two 
children, are settling in to Newport, VT, and 
loving it. Elaine and Paul's other three 
children and their spouses and families are 
well. • Bruce Gormley is a programmer/ana- 
lyst for the City of New Haven. His son Ross 
is going to Wesleyan, and his daughter, a 

2009 NYU nursing grad, is studying to be an 
APRN at Columbia Graduate School of Nursing. 
Bruce has been doing a lot of writing and 
photography. You can view his work on www. 

• Vic Ciardello has been appointed executive 
VP of a Chicago-based, minority-woman- 
owned small business offering IT services 
and solutions. Vic has opened a DC regional 
office in Reston, VA. The 15-year-old company 
is called Bourntec Solutions. • The Lynch 
School of Education had an event on Saturday 
afternoon during Reunion Weekend. I 
attended and was happy to see the following 
classmates there: Maddie Zollo Pope MA'81, 
Mary Kingsbury Doller, Kathy McVarish 
Sullivan, Jane Cavanaugh Gewalt, Mary Finn 
Goullaud, Rita MacNeil Martin, Molly Spore 
Alhadef MS'65, and Karen Holland. 

Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 
3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Our class's 45th reunion was a smashing 
success! Thirty-two classmates and eleven 
husbands enjoyed a warm and fun-filled 
dinner in Alumni House, our former library, 
on the Newton Campus. Thanks to Barbara 
Sweeney Kenney, Gretchen Monagan Sterling 
MEd'70, and Donna Cianelli for all their hard 
work and to Boston College for providing the 
opportunities that help us to renew and main- 
tain our Newton traditions and friendships. 
Pat Noonan Walsh came from Dublin to 
attend the reunion, and Joan Wienk Gallagher, 
who can probably beat out George Clooney's 
character in Up in the Air for frequent-flier 
miles, flew from Australia, arriving in time for 
the Saturday evening festivities. John and 
Lynne Doran Sterling came from Boise, ID, to 
enjoy the reunion with John's brother Bill and 
his wife, Gretchen Monagan Sterling. What 
fun for two good friends to marry brothers! 
Cathy Lugar is a great rowing enthusiast and 
gave Joan and your writer a mini-tour of the 
boathouses along the Charles as she graciously 
drove us to the airport following brunch. 

• Karen Kinnealey is celebrating her retire- 
ment and is looking forward to traveling more. 

• Jeff and Tink O'Connor Neubert are currently 
downsizing and are combining two condo- 
miniums into one unit in downtown Darien, 
CT. They are selling their high-maintenance 
house with Tink's cherished gardens (which, I 
heard from several classmates, are absolutely 
spectacular) , and Tink says the experience so 
far feels very liberating. Chris Cartnick Merritt 
is their broker! So if you are buying or selling 
in the Darien area, call Chris. • Brian and 
Helen O'Brien Maher welcomed their seventh 
grandchild in February. They now have six 
grandchildren under the age of four, and all 
live in the Greenwich/ Stamford area. Helen 
and Brian recently took a hiking trip to Europe, 
landing in Munich and hiking the Iron Curtain 
Trail to Berlin. • Mary Hoagland Noonan 
wrote from Roanoke, VA, where she has lived 
for 32 years. She has three sons, one daughter, 
and four grandchildren and stays active with 
community volunteer work and tennis. Mary 
and her significant other enjoy travel, do-it- 
yourself projects, and the joy of grandchildren. 
Mary stays in touch with Angie McDonnell 
Larimer, who lives in Cincinnati, and Ann 
Heaton MacMillan NC'67, who lives in Victoria, 
BC. • Rosemary Buttice, RSCJ, was this year's 
commencement speaker at Cor Jesu Academy 
in St. Louis. Sr. Rosemary received her degree 
in Latin from Newton, earned an MA from 
Fairfield University, and completed her theo- 
logical studies in Rome. She has taught at 
both the elementary- and the high-school 
levels and has served the U.S. Province of the 
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as 
provincial secretary and councillor and as a 
member of the ASCJ formation team. She is 
currently involved with the Queen of Apostles 
Retreat Center and with St. Joseph Parish in 
Imperial, MO. • If you didn't attend the 
reunion, please know that you were missed. 
Minireunions will be held in Boston (contact 
Barbara Sweeney Kenney) and in New York 


City (contact Janet Mclnerney Sargent). At the 

reunion, a paper was passed around, asking 
classmates to jot down some notes for this 
column. Recurring sentiments included gratitude 
to BC for the reunion opportunity, the great 
time that was had, disappointment that room- 
mates and friends hadn't made it, and wishes 
for all to attend our 50th. Please stay connected 
and send your news. Thanks for a great 45th! 


Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Ann Riley Finck will lead the BC Alumni 
Association as one of the newly appointed vice 
presidents. Ann is a founding member of the 
Council for Women of Boston College, which 
is dedicated to furthering the role of alumnae as 
leaders and active participants in the University. 

NC I966 

Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing 

Santa Fe, NM 87507; 505-474-3162 

Caroline "Skeetie" McCabe recently sent the 
following: "I was in Bahia, Brazil, for the Festa 
de Yemanja on February 2, celebrated in the 
city of Salvador. This city was the chief port for 
the arrival of African slaves to the territory. 
Yemanja is the Yoruba spirit of the sea, fertility, 
and abundance. It was an impressive occasion 
of devotion to a female power — some 300,000 
participated. My ex, James Theodore Toland, 
the father of my son, Jesse McCabe Toland, 
died in Santa Barbara, CA, on November 19 at 
age 79. Jesse, who works in Iraq but visits his 
Thai wife, Ngoh, regularly in Bangkok, held a 
beautiful Buddhist funeral at sea in January 
for him in Thailand. My eldest, Sarah Mar- 
kantonis, lives in Nassau, Bahamas, with 
husband George and two sons, Minas and 
Michael. My other daughter, Erica Sharp, MD, 
lives in Austin." Caroline suggests you friend 
her on Facebook to see pictures of all the 
above! • Dorie Norton Weintraub reports that 
she and Buz have become city dwellers. They 
moved from the suburbs to the Copley Square 
area of Boston just before Christmas. "We 
have everything at our fingertips: shops, 
Newbury Street, theater, and oh, the food! Good 
thing I am doing a lot of walking!" • Lucy Fortin 
Khoury, MSW'68, became ill about a month 
after our 40th reunion and needed two years 
to slowly recover. "In the third year, I felt deep 
gratitude for the health regained and decided 
to design my 'retirement' by returning to my 
profession but trying something very new and 
challenging. I am now a military and family 
life consultant, and I am away on my third 
assignment at Fort Hood, TX. I interview 
soldiers who have been deployed, helping 
them to get the support they need to return to 
their lives here. The work is the most fulfilling 
I have ever done as a social worker/psychother- 
apist!" • Mary Lou Wachsmith, in response to a 
query about what she was doing, wrote: "I find 
myself speechless (a rare event) and can't think 

of a single thing, except maybe being so happy 
to have found you all on Facebook and, well 
OK, my three grandkids, living in San Clemente, 
my law practice, tutoring bar candidates...." 
• Susan Korzeneski Burgess held a show of 
her paintings at Copley Place in Boston in 
March. I was lucky enough to be in Boston on 
a very rainy night to see her beautiful work. 


Correspondents: Charles and Mary-Anne 


84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

In May, John A. Parti, a radiologist at Massa- 
chusetts General Hospital, was elected chair 
of the American College of Radiology Board of 
Chancellors. John also serves on the editorial 
board for the Journal of the American College of 
Radiology, and he is the current chair of RAD- 
PAC, the political action committee of the 
American College of Radiology Association. 
John earned his MD from Yale University in 
1971. • We are sad to report the passing of 
Burtis Parcels of Centerville on April 24. 
An Army Ranger and helicopter pilot in the 
Vietnam War, for the past 12 years Burt was 
an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at 
Boston University's School of Education, 
where he had received his doctoral degree in 
education almost two years ago. 

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Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-0896 

Sadly, we received news of the March 10 passing 
of Anne Crofoot Kuckro. She is survived by 
her husband, Lee '63, and four daughters. Her 
husband is the older brother of her Newton 
roommate, Lynn Kuckro Sundermann. Marcie 
Cormier Clarke sent an article from the Hart- 
ford Courant describing Anne's community 
accomplishments over the 42 years of her 
married life in Wethersfield, CT. She was 
known as the "Guardian of Wethersfield 
History" for her work as a community leader; 
architectural historian; and author, researcher, 
organizer, and grant writer. The family home 
was one of the oldest in the state, and they 
restored it. Anne led several groups in the 
Hartford area, including her local chapter of 
the National Society of the Colonial Dames, 
for which she directed efforts to increase 
awareness of Connecticut Colonial and 
Revolutionary architectural history. Anne's 
resourcefulness and determination in all her 
efforts brought her respect in the commu- 
nity — including from schoolchildren for 
whom she created special lessons to bring alive 
the history and architecture that surrounded 
them. Her restoration work continued until 
the time of her death, leaving a visible legacy 
in the refurbished historic houses along Main 
St. in Wethersfield. • The Newton College 
Spring Tea in the Washington DC area had a 
different flavor this year, thanks to Carol 
O'Donoghue McGarry: she and husband 

Michael brought bottles of wine from their 
family winery in suburban Maryland for our 
sampling, and they told fascinating stories 
about how the family got into the business. 
They have even produced several award-winning 
wines in less than five years. Mary Lou 
Hinchey-Clemons and I were there from our 
class to enjoy the tastings. Donna Shelton was 
visiting her daughter in Rotterdam, Holland, 
that weekend, and Nancy Birdsall and Sandy 
McGrath Huke had travel and family commit- 
ments. We hope more of us will be able to get 
together at another time. • Kathy Doran 
Hegenbart transitioned recently to work with 
investment teams connected to the Merrill 
Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group. 
In her new job, she still travels, but she hopes 
for a slower pace. • Looks like I am the only 
one to report a new "grand" family addition this 
time. On May 12, the Frees welcomed Mariann 
Nancy Argerson, a first granddaughter, to ensure 
a coed basketball team for the family. • Keep 
in touch. I'd like to hear from more of you 
soon. Don't forget our Prayer Net! 


Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11500 San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Greetings, classmates! • The kudos continues 
for Ken Hackett, H'06, president of Catholic 
Relief Services. He received the 2010 Justice 
and Compassion Award at Catholic Charities 
Boston's annual spring celebration dinner on 
May 20. Ken was honored for his more than 
30 years of field experience in international 
relief and development, including the recent 
Haiti disaster response, as well as for his 
continuing commitment to fighting poverty 
and vulnerability at home and abroad. For 
your noble work, Ken, we too salute you! 

• With sincere sadness, we note the passing of 
our classmate Frank Hannon on March 17 in 
Belfast, ME. Our prayers are with his family. 

• In February, Sarasota, FL, saw the brief but 
memorable minireunion of our Class of '68 
members Tom "BigT" Pacynski, Steve "Kelby" 
Kelleher, Ed "Roons" Rooney, Lawrence 
"Happy" Fine, and Jim "Muldoons" Maloney 
at some of the area's finest golf courses and 
restaurants. Former BC basketball coach Jim 
O'Brien '71 was permitted to join his elders at 
dinner one night to learn about the joys of 
aging gracefully. Memorable BC moments, 
whether true or not, were shared and enjoyed 
by all. • On April 10, in Chicago, Jim and I 
joined our dear friends Loren '67 and Sue 
(Walsh) Miller for a joyful dinner celebrating 
our Frozen Four National Champion Eagles. 

• Boston College, ever to excel! 

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Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

Sandy Mosta Spies co-chaired the women's 
lacrosse game and Meet & Greet sponsored by 


the Council for Women of Boston College on 
May i. In partnership with the athletic depart- 
ment, the council sponsors at least one 
women's athletic event each season. Sandy is 
a founding member of CWBC and co-leader 
of the Athletics Subcommittee. 


Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

}g Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 0246-/ 

Jay Breslin completed the climb to the roof of 
Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 feet in April 
with his three daughters: Colleen '00; Rory, 
Villanova '01; and Molly. Jay's son Luke '05 
and his fiancee, Kate Dunigan '05, accom- 
plished the feat in January. • Maureen O'Keefe 
Doran wrote from Ramotswa, Botswana. In 
2009, she and husband Kip '68 joined the 
Peace Corps. Maureen has been assigned to 
the guidance office of the Ramotswa Senior 
Secondary School, and Kip is involved in the 
country's battle against AIDS. Maureen has 
found the work challenging, with 1,600 
students in her school. Maureen and Kip also 
help the fledgling University of Botswana 
Medical School in teaching first-year medical 
students their mental health module. In 
December 2009, Maureen and Kip welcomed 
their first granddaughter, Avie, born to daugh- 
ter Alison '00 and Jason Marshall '00. • Tom 
Lee wrote to report the passing of Paul Powell 
on February 4. Paul's funeral Mass was cele- 
brated at St. Joseph Church in Somerville on 
February 10. John Lohmann wrote to advise of 
the passing of Conrad Rybicki, JD'72, in 
Northport, NY, on March 5, 2010. Conrad was 
the father of Michael, Donna, and James. 
James, who is a sergeant in the military, 
returned from Afghanistan for the funeral. 

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Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello 
4088 Meadowcreek Lane 
Copley, OH 44321 

Hello, friends! I have some good news for this 
issue. On May 16, Lindsay Mullen, daughter 
of Peter and Ellie Parks Mullen, was married 
in Boston to Ted Jeanloz. They met at 
the Longwood Cricket Club, where Lindsay 
had started a young adult tennis league 
that Ted joined. My husband, Peter, and I 
attended. What a cute couple and what a lovely 
time! Lindsay and Ted will be honeymooning 
in Hawaii. While in Boston, Peter and I trav- 
eled over to the Newton Campus and stopped 
in the chapel. A few days prior to the wedding, 
we joined up with Eddie and Susan Power 
Gallagher at their home in Hyannis Port. How 
fun to see some familiar faces and places from 
Newton College! • Recently, the commercial 
law firm of Buckley King announced that 
Dianne Foley of its Cleveland office will 
become the leader of the firm's employment 
law practice. Dianne is one of only 126 Ohio 
State Bar Association board certified labor and 
employment law specialists. She is a member 
of the U.S. District Court Federal Advisory 

Group for the Northern District of Ohio 
and has served as chair of the Cleveland Bar 
Association's Federal Court Training seminar 
for new admissions to the Northern District 
since 1996. Recently she published an article 
in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal titled 
"Pre-Employment Background Checks." For 
many years, Cincinnati Magazine has named 
her an Ohio Superior Lawyer. Congratula- 
tions, Dianne, on your accomplishments. 
• Got news? Correction: In our last issue, we 
mistakenly reported the passing of Peggy Burns 
Ludeke in 20og; in fact, Peggy died on January 
39, 2010. We apologize for the error. 



Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 


15 George Street 

Wayland, MA 01778; 508-655-1497 

Hi, gang! I've lots talk about with our 40th 
reunion, but first I'd like to give a tip of the hat 
to Bill Cain, SJ, MDiv'76, recipient of the BC 
Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished 
Achievement. Bill was the guest of honor at 
the BC's Arts Festival this year. He is a play- 
wright and TV producer with a host of credits. 
I had an opportunity for a nice chat with him 
as we went over some of the highlights of his 
career and his memories of undergrad days. 

• Thanks to the hard work of the Reunion 
Committee, chaired by our president, Mike 
Mingolelli, our 40th class reunion was a 
smashing success. One of the first events was 
a 5K road race that started and finished near 
Bapst Library. Our own Bill Fogarty, up from 
his home in Atlanta, finished fifth overall, 
blowing away an untold number of younger 
runners. Among those he easily "smoked" 
were your favorite columnist and also retired 
Brookline Police Lt. Peter Ehrlich. Peter left 
the cold climes of Massachusetts a couple of 
years ago and is now a member of the North 
Miami Police Department. • It's now Dr. 
Cornelia: Janet Cavalen Cornelia received her 
PhD in education just a few days before the 
reunion. Janet is an assistant professor of 
education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. 

• Jennie Chin Hansen, recipient of an honorary 
BC degree in 2008, has finished her tenure as 
president of AARP and will be heading east 
from San Francisco to take over as CEO of the 
American Geriatrics Society in New York. 

• John Bronzo, JD'74, longtime head of 
the legal department of a division of Pfizer 
Pharmaceuticals, has moved into a business 
development role with the company. • My law 
school classmate and good friend Bob Flynn, 
JD'73, has moved from his native Wellesley to 
nearby South Natick and has added talk show 
host to his busy law practice schedule. He 
hosts a Sunday morning talk show in Worces- 
ter dedicated to exploring legal topics. It just 
goes to show that despite our age and point 
in life, things are changing for a lot of us. 

• Couldn't help but get a rating on the dinner 
from our own "Top Chef Jim Gallivan, who 
made his way up from Atlanta. He gave me 
some tips on how to rate buffet cuisine and 
gave the dinner high marks. • I'll have more 
to say in future columns, but let me close 
these memories of a joyous occasion with a 
final reflection. In a small room beside the 

magnificent entrance to the mansion, the 
screen of a laptop computer continuously 
scrolled a much too long list of names and 
faces taken from our 40-year-old yearbook. A 
list that will inevitably grow — it does not shrink. 
Most of us stopped for a moment to reflect 
and remember a friend, an acquaintance, or a 
classmate we never really knew. Although we 
shall not again see their faces, hear their laughter, 
or just share their company, their spirit remains 
with us, as it will whenever we gather. 

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Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 
3251 Klingle Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

Reunion — so much to say, so little space! 
Thanks to. ..Cricket Costigan for convening us 
with her trademark grace, humor, and 
insight.. John, JD'74, an d Patti Bruni Keefe 
for sharing their elegant home, delicious food, 
and delightful children (special thanks to Paul 
for the background piano). ..Barbara Coveney 
Harkins and Meryl Ronnenberg Baxter for 
organizing the reunion. ..Rita Houlihan for 
a thought-provoking session on women in 
the church.. Jack and Liz Scannell Burke for 
turning their home into a mini-hotel to accom- 
modate us. ..Tec Manalac Jose for traveling 
farthest to join us (from the Philippines), 
along with other long-distance travelers Nancy 
Rocco Box (Ft. Worth), Harriet Mullaney 
(Denver), and Mary Ann Iraggi Barr (Fargo, 
ND)...Kay Vollmer Fitch for entertaining us 
with her fictional bio ("I just finished my third 
novel last night"). ..those reflecting on SWC, 
including Clare Angelozzi MacDonald ("It 
gave us great vocabulary"), Diane Twomey 
Berk ("It gave me the edge at Trivial Pursuit"), 
Karen LaRue Valencia ("Where I learned to 
understand accents because most professors 
had them"), and Lanie Odium ("If it were 
offered again, I'd be the first to sign up, and 
this time I'd read the books"). ..those who 
demonstrated it's a small world, including 
Kathy Foley Twomey (married to roommate 
Diane Twomey's brother) and Nancy Riley 
Kriz (caring for a sister benefiting from cancer 
treatments pioneered by Nancy Durkin Ora- 
zem)... Julie McCarthy for emphasizing, and 
exemplifying, graciousness...Joan O'Callaghan 
for being such a wonderful listener... Terry 
Kindelan Taylor for her optimistic outlook on 
life.. .Carol DeLisi Muratore for emphasizing 
the importance of home and family.. .Tish 
McGuigan Connolly for reminding us, "Time 
passes too quickly "...Kate Reilly Corkum for 
insights ranging from the spiritual to the 
practical (including terrific shopping tips)... 
Jane Garvey Reilly for sharing the joy of new 
love. ..Kathy Sheehan for planning relocation 
in DC (in my neighborhood!). ..Anne McDer- 
mott for cogent Wall Street analysis. ..Lois 
Cartnick Germano for sending her able lawyer, 
Cricket, to represent her when she couldn't 
attend... Ann Farrell for also sending greetings 
through Cricket.. Jeanne Krisnow Barrett for 
sending greetings via Mary McAllister Fader... 
Kerry Kilcullen Carter for greetings from St. 
Mary's School, where, as scholarship commit- 
tee chair, she presented their award Reunion 
Weekend.. .Barbara Cook Fabiani for sending 


greetings from Virginia... Jeanne Stansfield 
Provencher for thinking of this column when 
surrounded by alligators in the wild (way to 
think, Jeanne, though news needn't be life- 
threatening!)... Katie O'Shea McGillicuddy, 
Kathy O'Mara Fanning MEd'76, and Alison 
Youngs Caughman for representing us in 
Haiti. ..Jane McNamara Bieber for medical 
volunteer work in Mexico. ..Andrea Moore 
Johnson for tireless work on behalf of victims 
of clerical pedophilia. ..Justine Meehan Carr 
for becoming chief medical officer to trans- 
form struggling Caritas hospitals into a vision 
of excellence... Muriel Daley Schumacher for 
demonstrating how to stand up to the top 
brass... Joyce Verhalen Pandolfi for thanking 
BC for the structure that connects us...Marcia 
McGrath Abbo for suggesting a retirement 
support group. ..Penny Poor Dolara and Ginny 
Sughrue for enthusiastically endorsing retire- 
ment... Lynne McCarthy for the most accurate 
countdown to retirement... Ann Nethken Ehlers 
for reminding us about kindness to ourselves... 
and Joan Thompson Rogers for capsulizing 
the general sentiment by recounting how her 
freshman daughter can't wait for her own 
reunions to start because Joan finds reunions 
so special. • Thanks also to those who filled us 
in on career news: Interior design firm head 
Nancie Sullivan Chamberlain looked radiant; 
designing obviously agrees with her. Kate 
Whitty Logar has headed Stepping Stones 
Preschool in Hanover for 24 years. Her Web site 
photo gallery offers delightful views of happy 
children. Regina Mullen, a Delaware attorney, 
and Cathy Shortsleeve Miller, a BC business 
law instructor, retired to the same town on the 
Cape. Cathy Cronin Latourelle teaches com- 
puter graphics at Northern Essex Community 
College in Haverhill. Lanie Odium is the 
Washington Opera's HR director. Katchy 
Clarke-Pearson is a rural North Carolina pedi- 
atrician residing in Chapel Hill and one of 
only six hyphenated Clarke-Pearsons in the 
world (the other five being members of her 
immediate family). • Our weekend also included 
time set aside to remember our deceased 
classmates at Mass: Mary Donovan, Mary Pat 
Leece, Marcia Mahoney, Pam Moore, Carol 
O'Connor, Nancy Durkin Orazem, Marion 
Jones Petersson, and Kathleen Foley Sullivan. 
Please keep them in your prayers, along with 
Stephanie DelGuidice McEvily's mom, who 
passed away recently. • Finally, hats off to all 
who worked on Reunion Weekend! They are 

true community-builders and succeeded in 
connecting us at levels that were both deep 
and sustaining. Parti Bruni Keefe summed it 
up: "The reunion was awesome. We sure have a 
stellar class, and multiple reunions are helping 
the bonds formed years ago to remain ever 
strong and grow even stronger.... You feel so 
lucky just to be able to be with each other, 
'catch up' with each other's joys, and give an 
encouraging hug to someone who is going 
through a tough time.... Hopefully even more 
classmates will be able to join us for our 45th." 


Correspondent: James R. Macho 

gog Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA g4iog 

David Ries, JD'74, was honored at the 31st 
Annual Institute of the Energy & Mineral Law 
Foundation (EMLF) with the John L. 
McClaugherty Award for distinguished 
service to the legal profession, the natural 
resources industry, and the EMLF. David is a 
partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, where he 
focuses his practice in the areas of environ- 
mental, commercial and technology litigation, 
and technology law and chairs the e-discovery 
and records management practice group. • Joe 
Collins reports that Jim Riordan has now been 
with Johnson & Johnson for 38 years. He lives 
on Long Island, essentially in the same area 
where he grew up. Jim has been with his wife, 
Alice, since high school. When he finds a good 
thing, he stays with it! Jim and Alice enjoy 
spending time with their children, Amanda 
and Matt, and especially their grandson Jack. 
Jim is the commodore of the Hempstead 
Harbour Yacht Club, and he sails often to 
Newport, RI; Martha's Vineyard; and Block 
Island. • It is with sadness I report that Don 
Zak passed away in May after a long and 
courageous battle with brain cancer. He is 
survived by his wife, Kathy '72; his son, 
Andrew '05; and his daughter, Jennifer '09. 
His former roommates, Jim Riordan and John 
Dolan, attended his funeral in Cheshire, CT. 
Son Andrew gave a touching eulogy. Don was 
a genuine person who liked to laugh and who 
made and kept many friends. Our condo- 
lences to his family. • Our 40th reunion is 
next year. I look forward to seeing you there. 


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Eileen Mclntyre recently enjoyed a serendipi- 
tous meeting with a fellow Newtonite. Eileen 
writes: "In May, I had the fortunate opportunity 
both to take a Mediterranean cruise with my 
husband, Roy Harris, and to meet a fellow 
Newton alumna who was happily on the same 
cruise. Elizabeth "Dee" Bailey NC'66 is a 
delightful new friend, and we've already made 
plans to meet again over the summer for an 
event at Tanglewood." (To view a photo of the 
group during a stop in Provence, go to our 
class notes on the BC alumni online commu- 
nity.) Eileen continues, "Last fall, Roy and I 
celebrated the completion of our latest (and 
perhaps the last) renovation project on our 
home in Hingham. My three sisters and three 
brothers (joined by my now 90-year-old mom, 
Dorothy) visited Hingham to work together 
on our new front patio and garden area as a 
special gift just ahead of my 60th birthday — 
wonderful family fun! I am still head of corpo- 
rate communications and investor relations at 
Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington. Roy's 
book, Pulitzer's Gold, about the Public Service 
Pulitzer Prizes, came out in a paperback 
edition early this year, and he's been doing a 
lot of speaking gigs. Our sons are having excit- 
ing years: Jesse (28), a University of Chicago 
grad who lives in Queens, NY, with his 
significant other, the wonderful Vicki Raines, 
a Wellesley grad, signed on this spring as 
campaign manager for a candidate for New 
York State Assembly (Jeremiah Frei-Pearson); 
Dave (24), a Loyola Marymount (LA) grad, 
began a 27-month assignment with the Peace 
Corps in Costa Rica in March; and RJ (23) 
graduated in June from UMass Boston with a 
degree in psychology and, while looking for a 
permanent position, is working this summer 
at the Y camp and volunteering with the Good 
Samaritans suicide prevention hotline in 
Boston. We are very proud of our three young 
men." • During the April dinner of the 
Council for Women of Boston College, Beth 
(Cooney) Maher was awarded the CWBC 
Member Engagement Award, given to the 
member who has done the most to encourage 
other council members to expand their 
involvement in CWBC activities and to 
broaden their interaction with fellow council 
members. Also, Martie Kendrick, a founding 
member of the council, hosted a reception at 
her home in Chevy Chase, MD, on April 19. 


Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

530 South Barrington Avenue, No. 110 
Los Angeles, CA goo^g 

I got some good news from BC this past 
spring: the hockey team won the national 
championship, the third in nine years for the 
great coach Jerry York '67, MEd'70, CAES'73; 
the basketball team has a new coach, Steve 
Donahue, who was outstanding in his previous 
job at Cornell; and best of all, we had our 


second straight quarter with no class 
obituaries! • I got a letter from Tom Kiely. 
He is the founder and president of XTERRA 
Corp. in Honolulu. He started the business 
by promoting some triathlons there about 
20 years ago, and since then, the company 
has expanded to a point where it promotes 
such events worldwide and has added 
sportswear and footwear divisions. When I 
called. I learned that he's also the owner of 
a resort, the Hotel Lanai, and that he's had 
visits in recent years from Gene Meehan and 
John Sacco. Gene, an economist, has moved 
his consulting practice from the Washington 
DC area to Utah. John is a technology 
consultant in Santa Monica. • I received a 
message from Francis Gormley. who reports 
that his son Alexander graduated summa 
cum laude from the University of Maryland 
Law School. Francis, a resident of Maryland, 
had a recent visit from San Francisco 
businessman Hank Malasky. • Alan Kreczko 
reports that he's general counsel with the 
Hartford Financial Services Group and that 
he was on the cover of CorporateCounsel 
magazine, which described his department 
as the best of any in the United States. Alan 
keeps in touch with fellow New England 
residents Marty Healy, JD'75, a land-use 
attorney who is a partner in the Boston 
office of Goodwin Procter; Rich Pavia; Bill 
Ingellis: Dave Auth; and John Conte. • Matt 
Botica, a partner in the Chicago office of 
Winston & Strawn, is the co-chair of BC's 
Light the World fundraising campaign in 
the Chicago area and a BC trustee. Matt, a 
graduate of Harvard Law School, is a specialist 
in the field of bankruptcy. 

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Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
7326 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

Yes, our classmates provide a light to the lives 
of others. Mary Catherine Deibel has been 
working with On The Rise, a program for 
women who are homeless or living in crisis 
in Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater 
Boston, welcoming and providing lunch for 
up to 10 guests from OTR each month at 
her restaurant, UpStairs on the Square. She 
also contributes meals for homebound 
and disabled people through a community 
service program and recently hosted a daylong 
fundraiser for Haitian relief. • Margot 
Dinneen Wilson and I recently had coffee 
together. In addition to her realty work with 
Washington Fine Properties, Margot is on the 
corporate advisory board of So Others Might 
Eat (SOME), which provides hundreds of 
meals each day to hungry children, women, 
and men in the District of Columbia in 
the SOME dining rooms. • After working as a 
private individual on proposed legislation for 
two years, Laurie Loughlin rejoiced when the 
Good Samaritan Bill for Animal Rescuers 
passed unanimously through the Tennessee 
General Assembly. Governor Phil Bredesen 
signed it into law on April 16, making Tennes- 
see only the second state in the nation to 
provide legal protection to Good Samaritans 
who help animals that are ill or injured. 

(Illinois was the first.) The law provides 
immunity from civil liability to the animal 
rescuers, the veterinarians who treat the 
rescued animals, and the shelters that house 
them. Laurie reports that this was a very 
intense but worthy project. Contact her 
for further information. Laurie did this as 
a private individual! • Happy birthday to 
everyone who turns 60 this year. Take care 
and please send news. 

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Correspondent: Patricia Di Pi Ho 
ig Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

I wish you all a safe, restful, and enjoyable 
summer. Unfortunately, I have no news 
to report this time. Please continue to encour- 
age your friends and classmates who might 
have newsworthy items about family or 
their positions to send them to me. See you 
in the fall! 

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Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 

PO Box 1207 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 

Nancy Warburton Desisto and I had a lovely 
lunch in Portsmouth, NH, overlooking the 
harbor. She has retired from the State of 
Maine and is focusing her work on the four 
acres of land surrounding her antique (1763) 
home in Boothbay Harbor. Her companion 
planting, called "forest gardening," is a tech- 
nique that has been practiced around the 
world for centuries. She can boast about having 
apple trees, blueberries (Maine blueberries are 
the best!), sugar maples, and other greenery, 
each of which complements the other. "A work 
in progress," she says. Great to visit with 
Nancy — the dimples and big smile brought 
me back to 1973! • Jude Chimenti and I did 
not get a chance to share lunch last winter 
while she was here skiing with her son 
Matthew (13), but she came through on her 
promise to write. She cared for her dad, Joseph, 
for n years until his death last December at age 
95. Matthew is involved in basketball and 
baseball and "he keeps me young?" she boasts. 
Jude hears from Mary Doherty Ellroy, MBA'78, 
her old roommate, and has been in touch with 
many old friends through Facebook. "I am 
always happy to hear from any old classmates 
because I still look back at my four years at 
Newton as the best of my life, until Matthew, 
of course." • Stephen and Rusti Murphy 
Kitts continue to live in Yardley, PA. Their 
youngest, Elizabeth, just returned from a 
semester in Rome through Loyola University 
in Chicago. Kathryn graduated from college 
in May, and Emilie '05 celebrated her fifth 
BC reunion in June. • A big thank you to 
Nancy, Jude, and Rusti for hearing my plea 
for news. I hope others will follow and make 
me happy for the next issue. My deadline will 
be August, so please share your summer fun 
with everyone! Note my new e-mail address: 


Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 
33 Stratton Lane 
Foxborough, MA 02033 

Hi, all! I hope you are having a great summer. 
I could not even bribe anyone to send me 
news for this issue's class notes column! So, 
please take a few minutes to send me a note 
for the next issue. Thanks and take care. 

NC I974 

Correspondent: Beth Docktor Nolan 
603 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02493 

The Brookline community celebrated Jody 
Shield's artistry in photography. I was fortu- 
nate to attend the opening of her photographic 
essays of Ireland, especially Northern Ireland, 
celebrating the people and also the poignancy 
of change. • Many thanks to Alexandra "Andy" 
Abbott, who e-mailed me to say hello and 
give an update for the class notes. Andy now 
lives in Laurel Hollow, NY, and works as a real 
estate agent for Prudential Douglas Elliman. 
Her daughter, Courtney, has an MA in jour- 
nalism from Northwestern and now works as 
a pharmaceutical rep for Braintree Labs. Her 
son, Matthew, graduated from the University 
of Chicago and is now a 3L at William & Mary 
Law School in Williamsburg, VA. Andy is an 
e-mail buddy of Liz O'Reilly Chesarone and 
Pat Pacitti and would love to hear from others. 
• So would your class correspondent. Please 
send me an e-mail, tell me your stories! 

Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

149 Lincoln Street 

Norwood, MA 02062; 781-769-9342 

Our 35th Reunion Weekend was extraordi- 
nary! Classmates rekindled friendships, shared 
memories, and rediscovered dorm life in 
St. Thomas More Hall. This milestone was 
marked by numerous celebratory events 
beginning with Friday evening's alumni 
lobster bake and "A Night Under the Stars." 
Music and dance in the Quad adjacent to Gas- 
son Tower set the tone for a perfect evening of 
cocktailing and reminiscing. Reunion Mass in 
beautiful St. Ignatius Church with University 
President William P. Leahy, SJ, preceded the 
Saturday night celebration. Kathleen Cantwell 
McCarthy, Laurie Nichols Cochran, and yours 
truly served as ushers from the Class of '75. 
Classmates wined, dined, and danced the 
night away on Yawkey Way. • Our class has 
generously donated children's books to St. 
Columbkille School's library in Brighton. In 
the spirit of our Ignatian heritage, we hope the 
books will help inspire a lifelong appreciation 
of literature and learning. The elegant leather 
bookmarks we received are a memento of our 
reunion. Thank you, Laurie Cochran, for the 
time you spent planning and implementing 
this. • The 2010 Reunion Committee planners 


were Kathie McCarthy, Jayne Saperstein 
Mehne, Laurie Cochran, Nancy O'Connor 
McCleary, Jayne and Steve Hammond, Kathy 
Bannan Magee, and Doug Nucatola. A grand 
time was enjoyed by all! The following Class 
of '75 classmates attended the festivities: 
Patricia Kavanagh Ainsworth; Elizabeth Walsh 
Alexander; Edward Allard; Patricia Colella 
Armstrong; Kathleen Donnelly Betts; Debra 
Posson-Burke; Thomas Cannon; Brett Cap- 
shaw; Cynthia Casemyr; Robert Casey; Claire 
Chapin; Mary Beth Cicero; Diane Zaar 
Cochran JD'78; Laurie Cochran; William Con- 
ley; Mary Patricia Conway; James Corrigan; 
Sharon McCann Daly; Mary Rose Noonan 
Delaney; Maureen Boiler Delaney; Roseann 
Rubino DellaVentura; Dorothy DiPesa; 
William Donovan; Walt Fey; Paul Finstein; 
John Gauthier; Joan Geddes; Eileen Ginnetty 
MSW'86; Blake Godbout; Patricia Jordan 
Graeber MA'08; Walter Greaney MBA'84; 
Patrick Griffin; John Halcovich; John Hamil- 
ton; Paul Hannon; Sheila Harrington; James 
Healey; John Hueber; Joan Luise Hill; Patricia 
Nolan Hoover; Charles Hopkins JD'79; Janet 
Kiely Horrigan; Michael Hugo; Eileen Hyland; 
Ray Julian; Kevin Kane; Mary Kane; Timothy 
Kelly; Michael Kennedy; Thomas Kennedy; 
Thomas Kenny; Ardie Klement; Raymond 
Livingstone; Joanne Lombardi; Linda Flaherty 
Luce; Lawrence Lundy; Kathy Magee; Gail 
Massari; Thomas Masterson; Frank Mastrocola; 
Kathleen Cantwell McCarthy; Nancy O'Connor 
McCleary; Maureen McGann; Maureen Quinn 
McKenzie MSW'95; Peter McKenzie; Marc 
Melikian; Denise Sullivan Morrison; James 
Mortenson; Susan Darveau Murphy; Maureen 
Murray; Kevin O'Kane; Jane Lichman Oates; 
Dennis Orr; Christine Panson; Charles Pat- 
tavina; Patrick Pepek; Mark Petruck; Vincent 
Quealy; Janette Racicot MBA'79; Amaza Reid; 
Richard Rigazio; Frances Wirth Rush; Donald 
and Marilyn (Kullmann) Russo; Patricia 
Santangelo; Patrick Scannell; Steve Sheehan; 
Kevin Short; Brian Smith; Tony Sukiennik; 
Kathleen Sullivan; Stephen Turner; Lisa 
White; Timothy White; Jeffrey Wright; and 
Richard Zembruski MSW'80. • Jeanne Irving 
was recently named on the Los Angeles Daily 
Journal's Top Women Litigators list. Jeanne 
is an attorney at the boutique commercial 
litigation firm of Hennigan, Bennett, & Dorman, 
where she has been since its founding in 1995. 
She holds a JD from Harvard University. 
• Thank you, and I look forward to receiving 
more class news. 

NC I975 

Correspondent: Mary Stevens McDermott 

36 Deer Meadow Lane , ' 

Chatham, MA 02633; 5°8~945~ 2 477 

Thirty-five years! Everyone looks so much like 
herself, except maybe a little better, a lot more 
confident, so much wiser, and yet there we 
were, coming together again as if we had 
never left Centre Street! Francie Anhut came 
the farthest, from Boulder, CO. Suzanne Laskas 
and Joanne Manfredi came from Florida. I'm 
going to post a Newton '75 contact list, work- 
ing from Joanne's address book. Anyone not 
in her book who wants to be included, e-mail 
me please. Some of us stayed on the BC 

campus, some at downtown hotels, and others 
with local classmates. • Bob and Kathy Hughes 
Morris had a party on Friday night at their 
beautiful home in Concord — we had a fab 
potluck dinner, played Newton and 1975 Trivia 
(don't even ask!), and laughed it up. Present 
were Fred and Mary Ann Young Home, Scott 
and Debbie Kirby Sheperd, Nancy Coughlin 
Ferraro MEd'77, Mary Ellen Hackman, Sandy 
McDonald Jones, Rita Carbone Ciocca 
MBA'77, Juan and Barbara Saldarriaga, Dick 
and Lisa Antonelli DellaPorta, and Kathy Curry 
Thibault, as well as Joanne, Suzanne, and I. It 
was fun to see Josh and Eileen Sutherland 
Brupbacher, Debbie Brennan Collins 
MSW'78, and Debbie Melino Wender there, 
as they couldn't get to the dinner on Saturday. 
There was lots of picture taking; as photos get 
forwarded to me, I'll upload them to the Web 
site. • We gathered at Newton Country Day 
School on Saturday night for our class picture 
(egged on to smile by patient husbands and a 
loud chorus of "SWC!"), cocktails, and dinner. 
The Connecticut contingent was there in 
force! How much fun to see Beth Reifers, 
Mary Ellen Quirk, Posey Holland Griffin, Ann 
Vernon Fallon, Karen Foley Freeman, Donna 
Stimpson, Dana and Helen Fox O'Brien, Joan 
Nash, Kim Lucchesi Marshall, Ann McCormick 
Hubbard, and Laurie Lawless Orr! So many 
pretty faces and familiar voices! I love Mary 
Jehling Meehan's laugh; it will be a memory 
that makes me smile for a long time! Justine 
Osage Laugharn, Beth Walsh Alexander, Jim 
and Cookie Young Gilliam — all the way from 
Illinois — Betsy Costello Forbes, Eileen Amy, 
Anna Stockein Frankel, Mary Beth Simpkins 
Wells, Tina Gavaller, Julie Sullivan Hahn, 
Chris and Carol Finigan Wilson, Lee Costello, 
Carol Fitzsimons, Mark '71 and Jo Ann Hill- 
iard Holland, Joanne McCarthy Goggins, and 
Shawn McGivern all looked happy to be 
together again. It was a weekend of food and 
drink, shops and galleries. Most importantly, 
there was a roomful of women who met as 
teenage strangers and now feel comfortable 
enough to move around the room and spend a 
few minutes at any table. There were stories of 
classes and professors, dining hall disasters, 
and long lines for the showers on the day of a 
dance. There were the Cabot's and Langley's 
girls and those of us who worked at Chestnut 
Hill Mall (remember when it was so new and 
cool?). • Sunday morning brought a lovely and 
emotional reunion Mass in the chapel, where 
Newton women of many ages gathered to 
remember all of us, including those we have 
lost, in song and prayer. Brunch was in the 
student union, now refurbished, but as we 
walked by the mailboxes — "Oh, please let 
there be something from home today!" — we 
laughed at the thought that some things never 
change. • I am proud to report, on behalf of 
the 35th Reunion Gift Committee, that we 
were able to raise the $25,000 from all of your 
generous contributions to fund the Newton 
College Class of '75 Scholarship in Honor of 
Sr. Frances de la Chapelle. The scholarship 
will ensure that a future BC student will enjoy 
many of the same experiences that we did at 
Newton. There were more than 60 contribu- 
tions to this year's fund, up from 18 last year. 
Although de la was not able to attend Reunion 
Weekend (she had graduation at Stuart Country 
Day School in Princeton, NJ, where she is 
retiring as headmistress this year), she is 

thrilled that we would honor her in such a 
lasting way. Thanks to all, and stay close to 
each other, ladies. Check the alumni online 
community for more details. 


Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

23 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 0243c) 

Last May, Howard Weiner, a professor of 
nursing education at Bunker Hill Community 
College, was nominated by one of his students 
for the Boston Globe's 8th Annual Salute to 
Nurses. After BC, Howard went on to earn 
an MS in health psychology and a PhD in 
community counseling from Ohio University; 
a BS in nursing from Salem State College; and 
an MS in psychiatric nursing from Northeast- 
ern University. • The Council for Women of 
Boston College reports that Sue (Martinelli) 
Shea is now the CWBC liaison to the Lynch 
School of Education, and Maureen Garde 
has joined the council as a member of the 
Initiatives Committee. In May, Anita Cobb 
co-hosted a special CWBC event at the Philip 
Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and 
Kathy Powers Haley co-chaired the women's 
lacrosse game and Meet & Greet sponsored by 
the council in partnership with the athletic 
department. Kathy also hosted a member 
reception at Willowbend Country Club in 
Mashpee on July 20. 


Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06831; 203-82^-0)122 


Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 203-0,66-8380 

I hope your respective summers have brought 
sunshine and happiness! • Kevin O'Malley is 
pretty stoked about the fact that his daughter 
Mary Kate was admitted to BC's Carroll School 
of Nursing, Class of 2014. She will be the 
i6th(!) member of Kevin's immediate family 
to attend BC, starting with his dad in 1926 
and including a nephew who is currently in 
the Class of '12. Kevin reports that, with four 
more children behind Mary Kate, he looks 
forward to attending many parents' events 
over the next two decades — also as his young- 
est is "projected" to be a member of the BC 
Class of '24 — 42 years after our graduation. 
• Joan Crimlisk was recently elected to the 
board of trustees of the Derry (New Hamp- 
shire) Public Library for a three-year term. 
Congratulations, Joan! • And finally, and sadly, 
two members of our class died this past 
March: Christopher Manning and Susan 
Michele Gibba Squires. I am sure you all join 
me in expressing our condolences to their 
families. • Please, please, please jot off a note 


to me for the Fall issue about any and al 
goings on with you, family-wise, work-wise— 
or life-wise! Until then, good times. 


Correspondent: Stacey O'Rourke 
144^ Commonwealth Avenue 
West Newton, MA 02465 

"Summertime and the living is easy..." or so 
goes the song. The class correspondence, not 
so much. I did hear from Arthur Hassett, 
J D'82, who was elected president of the Plym- 
outh County Bar Association. He practices in 
Brockton and also serves as a special assistant 
attorney general representing the Massachu- 
setts Department of Public Health. • So maybe 
the time has come for me to hand over the 
mande and let another interested soul take 
over for this mild-mannered reporter. 
Hmmm? Give it some thought. I'm a big 
believer in term limits. Thanks for all your 
support over the past five years! 



Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 

Sunrise Harbor 

1040 Seminole Drive, Unit 1151 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

The Class of ig8o breaks all records! Our 30th 
Reunion Committee co-chairs, William J. 
Geary, Brien M. O'Brien, Richard P. Quinlan, 

MBA'84, JD'84 and Paul T. Vanderslice 

report: "Nearly 350 classmates celebrated the 
30th anniversary of our graduation from 
Boston College.... Not only did we shatter the 
record for 30th reunion attendance by 150 
people, but we also set an impressive new 
record for a 30th reunion gift: the Class of 
1980 ended the year with 31 percent participa- 
tion and a class gift of $10 million (breaking 
the existing 30th reunion record by more than 
$1 million)! We could not have met and 
exceeded our goals without all of you. We want 
to especially thank our great Reunion Com- 
mittee of nearly 70 classmates, the 613 donors 
who participated in our class gift, and the 30 
new $10,000+ Gasson-level donors — the 
most of any reunion class. We are also thrilled 
that the Class of 1980 Scholarship Challenge 
was met, and that Paul and Lynne Vanderslice 
and Lou and Tammy Taylor will be matching 
the class's $25,000 scholarship. Three Class 
of 1980 Scholarships will be awarded to 
deserving students this fall, one for each 
decade since graduation. We can't wait to do it 
again in five years, so please don't let that 
much time go by before you reconnect with 
fellow classmates and with BC." Classmates 
came from all over the nation — and many are 
now current and class of 2014 parents. Other 
groups represented were the football and 
rugby teams — including rugby team captain 
Eddie Barnes — and our fabulous reunion 
entertainment was our own Elliot Mouser 
Floating Blues Band (the Red House Band), 
with original members Chris Kelley, Pete 
Bosco, Brian Marra, and Ned Luboja '81 all 
playing in top form. And it is reported that Bill 

Leary and Tom McManus are offering free 
dance lessons to everyone. • Rosanne Scott 
Porter married Dave Beveridge in 2008. They 
live with their four children in Twinsburg, OH. 
Rosanne recently joined Eaton Corporation in 
capital markets and is the 2010 founding 
chairperson for the Cleveland Circle of Red 
(American Heart Association) and a member 
of the executive leadership team for NE Ohio 
GO RED. Louis Provenzano Jr. is the godfa- 
ther of Rosanne's son and recently attended 
the boy's First Communion. • Mary-Beth Murray, 
MSW94, has been working as a school 
adjustment counselor at Somerville High 
School for 15 years. She lives with her two 
sons in Newton. • Cindy (Pangione) Traverso 
lives in North Andover with her husband of 
25 years. They have two children: Katie (23), a 
graduate of the Isenberg School of Manage- 
ment at UMass Amherst, works at Hanover 
Insurance, and Michael (19) is a freshman at 
Isenberg. Cindy and her two partners own two 
independent insurance agencies: MTM Insur- 
ance Associates in North Andover and MTM 
Brainerd Inc. in Billerica. • Georgina "Gina" 
Laidlaw Berger lives in Princeton, NJ, where 
she is deeply involved in the church. An empty 
nester, Gina has a son at boarding school, a 
daughter in college, and another child who 
works as a diver in the Caribbean. Gina helps 
many in her Spanish congregation, teaching 
ESL and conducting food and clothing drives. 
She's also involved with a refugee settlement 
and in animal rescue work. • Janet (MacLellan) 
Amico reports that she and Elizabeth (Mus- 
tone) Clavell, Carol (Wamness) Pacella, 
Jo-Anne (Ciampi) Bourque, Lena Caravaggio 
Kestner, and Judy Cronin, along with two 
women from the Class of '81, remain close 
friends. For years, this group had a "BC 
Club," and Janet attended its monthly meet- 
ings even when she was living in Asia (1983— 
1997). When she returned stateside perma- 
nently, her reentry into U.S. life was smoothed, 
thanks to having such dear friends. Janet 
writes that while the club now meets less 
frequently, "It's a connection we seek out, 
and it's lifelong. In the 30 years we've known 
one another, our BC Club members have 
witnessed life's joys and sorrows together. I 
can count on each one of them to be there 
for me and vice versa." Janet eloquently 
summarizes the feelings expressed by many 
of us attending the reunion. May we all take 
comfort in knowing that we have a lifelong 
connection with each other and for each other? 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 


1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451; 757-428-0861 

Norman White has been worldng at SuperMedia 
for the past eight years and was recently 
promoted to business operations manager, 
running the Search Marketing Services division 
in Waltham. His daughter Angela will attend 
UConn this fall. Norman still has BC season 
tickets for football and basketball, attending 
games with fellow classmate Bill Harmuth. 
Norman has sung the national anthem four 
times at BC basketball games. He says it's a 
bit of a departure from his regular singing gig 

as lead singer of the classic hard rock cover 
band Time Warp, a gig he's had for the past 10 
years (see • Bill 
Stephanos is another proud dad. His son Greg 
graduated from Baylor University last spring 
and will attend the University of Texas Dental 
School in the fall. Bill lives in Houston with 
wife Claudia and their three children, 
Greg (21), Jenna (9), and Brooke (6). • Brian 
O'Connell and Asterisk Animation continue 
their success. Asterisk recently created 
25 minutes of animation for David Grubin's 
latest film, The Buddha. • Patty Cummins, 
MA'83, was named Middle-School Teacher of 
the Year in the Diocese of Arlington Catholic 
Schools in Virginia, where she teaches Spanish. 
Patty's second daughter, Deedee, graduated in 
May from Emmanuel College with a degree in 
psychology: counseling and health. Patty and 
Brian '82 still live in Northern Virginia but 
travel to the Boston area on a regular basis to 
visit family. • Barbara Baran, business devel- 
opment officer at the Holyoke Credit Union, 
received the 2010 Henry A. Fifield Award for 
Voluntary Service from the Greater Holyoke 
Chamber of Commerce. Barbara is president- 
elect of the Holyoke Rotary Club, clerk and a 
director of Girls Inc., and a director of the 
Greater Holyoke YMCA. She is also involved 
in leadership positions with projects for the 
American Red Cross and the American Cancer 
Society. Barbara and husband Fred reside in 
Holyoke and have three daughters. • It was 
great to reconnect at a tailgate before the BC- 
UVA football game last fall with Henry 
Thomas, who lives in Baltimore. The young- 
est of Henry's three daughters, Annie, will be 
in her second year at UVA this fall and is a 
talented midfielder on their women's lacrosse 
team. • My oldest child, Alii, graduated from 
UVA this past spring with a master's from 
the Mclntire School of Commerce, and she 
is headed to San Francisco to work for the 
consulting firm Bain & Company. 


Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 
14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

Following the earthquake, John Hurley spent 
several weeks in Haiti for the U.S. Treasury 
Department. He was assessing the impact on 
the Haitian economy, particularly the financial 
sector and the government budget. He was 
able to follow the BC hockey team's road to the 
Hockey East Championship on the Internet. 
• Debbie (Wood) Gray's son Nathaniel has 
completed his freshman year at the University 
of New Haven in Connecticut, where he's 
majoring in fire science with a focus on arson 
investigation and criminal justice. Deb and 
husband Donald are starting to look at 
colleges again with a recent BC Eagle Eye tour 
with their high-school junior daughter, Emily, 
and sophomore daughter, Abby — who are 
both interested in BC or another Jesuit college. 
Their son Ian (7) is in first grade and enjoys 
karate and baseball. Deb has been working 
in the medical software field since BC; she 
currently works for a niche infection control/ 
critical care software company as the North- 
east regional manager. Deb recently had 


dinner with some fellow '82 alumni and had 
these updates: Sue Gallant, a CPA with a 
master's in taxation, is celebrating 20 years of 
owning her own tax firm in Chelsea: Susan E. 
Gallant CPA, MST. They were joined by Katie 
Comerford, who is a senior IT manager at 
Fidelity and will be traveling to Mumbai, 
India, again this year to manage some of her 
overseas staff. Mary Ellen Flynn '81 also joined 
the friends for dinner. Pam Cugini-Giatras 
has been working at the BC Bookstore for years. 
Pam's daughter Amanda (23) got married last 
year and had a fabulous wedding and recep- 
tion in Greece — in the same town where Pam 
met her husband, Taki, while on her junior 
year abroad! Pam and Taki have another 
daughter, Ava (n), as well. Donna Hofmann 
Emerzian married her college sweetheart, 
Steve, and they have a daughter, Jennifer, who 
is a senior at Southern New Hampshire 
University. Mary Ann Stamm Hare fulfilled 
her dream of becoming an attorney and has 
been practicing litigation law for several years 
in her own firm with her husband, Mark. They 
reside in Longmeadow. Paula Deakin lives in 
Dubai with husband Alec. Paula received her 
master's in library science and works at an 
international library in Dubai. She seems to 
love the hot, dry weather there! 


Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA 01876; 978-851-6119 

In February, Alex Vaccaro was profiled in the 
Philadelphia Inquirer for his work helping 
victims of the earthquake in Haiti at 
Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University 
Hospital, where he is vice chairman of 
orthopedic surgery. Alex is also president of 
the American Spinal Injury Association and 
co-director of the Reconstructive Spine 
Service at the university's Rothman Institute. 
Read more at 
homepage/84206852. html. • In April, 
Joan (Lopresti) Rees was named New Hamp- 
shire's Special Education Teacher of the Year. 
A teacher at Alton Central School for the 
past nine years, Joan provides preschool 
special education geared toward students ages 
three and four. Joan holds a degree in child- 
hood education from BC and a special educa- 
tion teaching certificate from Granite State 
College, and she is now completing her 
master's degree in early childhood education 
in the University of New Hampshire's 
Preparing Excellent Teachers Program. • Carol 
Glod, PhD'95, a professor of nursing 
at Northeastern's Bouve College of Health 
Sciences, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard 
Medical School, and director of developmental 
studies at McLean Hospital, was appointed 
dean of Salem State's School of Graduate 
Studies in April. Carol, a resident of Bedford, 
is active in various national and community 
initiatives, including serving on the board of 
Families for Depression Awareness, a national 
organization that works to decrease stigma 
and help family members understand depres- 
sion and its treatment. • Congratulations to 
Cathy Chermol, who won an Emmy last year 
for her contribution to the Tyra Banks Show. 


Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 
PO Box 628 
Belmar, NJ 07719 

Greetings to all! Here's the latest news. • Steve 
Ham now lives in the Denver area and recently 
visited BC with his son on his college tour. 

• Mary (Wolf) '83 and Kevin Loiselle live in the 
Chicago area and have two daughters. Sarah is 
part of BC's sesquicentennial Class of 2013, 
and Kevin and Mary enjoyed being back on 
campus for Parents' Weekend last fall. Their 
younger daughter, Jennifer, is a sophomore at 
Hinsdale Central High School and enjoys 
basketball and softball. Kevin is still in contact 
with classmates Mike Reilly, Bill Reilly, and 
Dany and Jeannette (Donnelly) Letourneau. 

• Eileen Abbott, who worked as a TV news 
reporter, recently won the Richmond, VA, 
Road Runners Grand Prix Runner of the Year 
Award and the Spirit Award. Eileen's photos 
and results can be found at 
under "Eileen." Eileen writes that her son 
Bobby, who has autism, is a junior at Clover 
Hill High and is looking at colleges. Bobby is 
a state No. 1 champion in math competition 
and has also won first place in a math compe- 
tition for the Richmond region. He is a 
member of the math honors society Mu Alpha 
Theta and of the regional championship Battle 
of the Brains Academic Team, and he also 
tutors in math. Eileen's daughter, Morgan, is 
in middle school and may follow in her mom's 
footsteps as she loves to write and excels in 
photography. • In April, Thomas R. Suozzi 
joined Lazard Ltd. as a senior advisor after 
serving as Nassau County executive in New 
York. Earlier, Thomas had served as mayor of 
the City of Glen Cove, NY, for eight years. 
Prior to holding public office, he was an attor- 
ney at Shearman & Sterling, an auditor at 
Arthur Andersen, and a clerk to Judge Thomas 
C. Piatt, chief judge of the Federal Court for 
the Eastern District of New York. • In May, 
Suzanne Troy Cole, a founding member 
of the Council for Women of Boston College, 
co-chaired the women's lacrosse game and 
Meet & Greet sponsored by the council in 
partnership with the athletics department. 
Suzanne also co-hosted a special CWBC event 
at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New 
Canaan, CT. • Thanks for the news, and please 
keep the updates coming! 


Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 

35 Meadowhill Drive 
Tiburon, CA 94920 

Wow, what a fun 25th reunion! Over 300 
graduates of the Class of 1985 gathered in a 
really hot tent on Bapst Library lawn on the 
evening of June 5. It felt like an August 
evening in Boston — lots of humidity and 
mosquitoes, old friends, cocktails, and sum- 
mertime fun. Having missed the last reunion, 
I had a wonderful time seeing many great 
people. Ed Pla may have traveled the farthest, 
coming from Zurich, where he works for UBS 

and lives with his wife, Laura Van Hagen Pla, 
and kids. Ed's brother-in-law, John Van Hagen, 
came from Dorchester, and John Vollino trav- 
eled from Richmond, VA, where he lives with 
his wife and two kids. It was great to see lots of 
old friends and some, including Cindy DuPuis 
Breen, who now lives in Rhode Island, were 
attending their very first reunion. It was great 
to see her, as well as Marnie Armstrong 
Weiner and her husband, Alex. Both Duke 
Maloney and Pam Risio attended from their 
hometown of Greenwich, where Pam's husband 
and Duke are both volunteer firefighters. Dianne 
Graham Steblaj traveled from Canada, and 
Mike King and Ken Roos flew in from sunny 
Southern California. Amy Fracassini was one 
of a group of local guests that also included 
Vin Sylvia, Jeff Thielman JD'92, Billy and Sue 
(Feeney) Sullivan and Tara McKenzie-Gilvar. 
Randy Seidl graciously hosted at his home a 
group of friends, including Bob Home and 
Norton O'Meara. Norton unfortunately missed 
the Saturday evening event, but those who saw 
him on Friday night say he is doing very well. 
Carolyn McCahill McKigney organized a group 
to stay in the dorms, and rumor has it that the 
dorms were "rocking" after the Bapst tent 
closed down and the official party was over. 
All in all, it was a fun gathering of a great 
group of people. Special thanks and congratu- 
lations to both Scott Harrington and Randy 
Seidl for coordinating and leading our Reunion 
Gift Committee. Their time and effort on 
behalf of our class as well as that of all members 
of the Gift and the Reunion committees are 
greatly appreciated. • Have a great fall. Go BC! 


Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
130 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, RI 02818 

Greetings to everyone in the Class of 1986! 
How is it that we are preparing for our 25th 
reunion? Time flies! I hope that many of you 
will be attending reunion activities through- 
out the coming months and that you all are 
planning on returning to the Heights in June 
for the 25th celebration! • It was great to see 
Kim and Chip Walsh and their children, 
MacKenzie (13) and Aiden (8), this summer. 
Chip is a partner in the law firm of Licari, 
Walsh & Sklaver in New Haven. His firm is 
celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Chip 
practices labor and employment law. The 
Walshes live in Guilford, CT. • Ted Angelus 
and his wife have a new baby! Congrats to 
Teddy! • Tradition continues for Sheilah 
(Munsell) and Mike McCauley as their son is 
a freshman at BC this year! Congrats! • See 
you all on Reunion Weekend in June 2011! 


Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 

Hi, everyone. I hope you're all well! • Congrat- 
ulations to Marc Rollo, who has been elected 
by his fellow shareholders to the board of 
directors of Archer & Greiner PC, the largest 
law firm based in southern New Jersey. Marc, 


who resides in Haddonfield, also serves as 
chair of the firm's petroleum industry 
practices group. • Maureen Glennon Phipps 
has been named vice chair for research in the 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. 
She is also an associate professor of obstetrics 
and gynecology and community health at the 
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown 
University. Maureen earned her medical 
degree from the University of Vermont College 
of Medicine and her master's in public health 
from the University of Michigan School of 
Public Health. She completed her residency at 
Brown University Women & Infants Hospital 
and a fellowship in die University of Michigan's 
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Pro- 
gram. Maureen lives in Wrentham. • Juli-Anne 
Evangelista, MS '90, e-mailed that she received 
her doctorate in nursing practice from George 
Washington University in May. Her research 
focused on the innovative practice of pediatric 
nurse practitioner-run cardiology clinics: 
patient satisfaction and appointment access. 
She is currendy a pediatric nurse practitioner 
in cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston 
and an adjunct professor in the graduate 
program at BC's Connell School of Nursing. 
• One final note: I recently launched my own 
talk show, Cocktails for Everyone!, on VoiceAm- It's heard nationally every Thurs- 
day at 5 p.m.. EST. I'll be chatting with the 
most influential people in die beverage business 
today — the winemakers, distillers, brewers, chefs, 
mixologists, and authors — who will take 
listeners behind the scenes of top brands, 
restaurants, and bars, talking about the latest 
industry trends and what new cocktails, beers, 
and wines are on the horizon. • That's all for now. 
Please drop me a line when you have a chance. 



Correspondent: Rob 
421 Callingivood Street 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

Celeste McMahon Shirvani checked in from 
her home in London, where she lives with her 
three kids. The family still gets to the States 
every summer to hit the Jersey Shore, where 
the kids are amazed that Mom knows all the 
words to "American Pie." Once again, Thurs- 
day nights at The Rat come in handy! Word to 
the wise, Celeste: If you meet anyone named 
Snooki, The Situation, or JWoww down at 
the shore this summer, run away. • John 
Gallaugher, MBA'90, was featured in a PSA 
about BC (a 30-second spot that ran during 
televised games throughout the 2009-10 
season). When not appearing on television, 
John is an associate professor of information 
systems in the Carroll School. He and his 
wife, Kim (Roer) '91, had their third child, 
Lily, in June 2009. • Sherman Leland e-mailed 
from Novate CA, where he lives with wife 
Maria and their three children. He runs 
a junior golf program called Total Golf 
Adventures that offers after-school programs, 
summer camps, and tournaments throughout 
Marin and Sonoma counties. Sherman 
recently heard from Jim McDonnell, who is 
living in London and is engaged in some 
ventures that may take him to the Middle 

East. Jim is also training for the London 
Marathon! • Kathy Coffey wed L. Stephen 
Vincze, JD, LLM, MBA, on October 23, 2009, 
at the Church of Jesus Saviour in Newport, 
RI. A reception followed at OceanCliff 
Resort. Barbara Cullen-Pasti was a brides- 
maid. Beth (Halbardier) MacKinnon and Sue 
(Scanlon) Urrego were guests. Kathy has 
been president of the Center for Business 
Intelligence for the past 12 years, while Steve 
currently serves as the national managing 
director of life sciences, Forensic and Dispute 
Services, at Deloitte FAS. Steve also had a 
distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps 
and was awarded the Defense Meritorious 
Service Medal. The couple reside in Boston 
and have a summer home in Narragansett, RI. 
• Karyn Polito has entered the race for 
Massachusetts State treasurer. Karyn, a state 
representative for Shrewsbury and Westbor- 
ough for the past 10 years, is running with 
the message that she will build a strong 
foundation for a brighter future by following 
basic commonsense money management 
techniques. She announced her candidacy at 
the Omni Parker House in March. The Politos 
live in Shrewsbury. To learn more about 
Karyn's campaign, visit www.karynpolitofor- 


Correspondent: Andrea McGrath 
207 Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

Dineen Riviezzo is the new president of the 
Boston College Alumni Association. Dineen 
is also an active member of the Council for 
Women of Boston College. An alumna of 
Georgetown University Law School, Dineen 
began her career as a prosecutor and later 
served as a judge in the New York State Court 
of Claims. She is now a Bronx County 
Supreme Court justice. 


NION 2' 

Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 060}}; 860-647-9200 

Michael Monsour recently returned from 
two months in Haiti, where he served aboard 
the hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of the 
Navy's relief efforts there. His primary job 
on the Comfort was providing dialysis to 
crush victims of the recent earthquake. His 
permanent duty station is in the Norfolk, VA, 
area, where he lives with wife Sharon and 
their son, Daniel. He currently works at 
Portsmouth Naval Hospital, where he is chief 
of nephrology. • Christy Schwarz Schultze 
finally had an opportunity to read the Winter 
issue of Boston College Magazine uninter- 
rupted as she recovered in her hospital bed, 
following the arrival of her fifth child, Eloise, 
on May 13. Other moms will appreciate the 
holiday-like aspect of this type of hospital stay! 
Christy enjoyed a visit from Kerry Dinneen, 
MA'96, and daughter Raine, and Kerry and 

Dinneen also visited Deena DeMasi, who 

was recovering from a bone fracture. Speedy 
recovery! Christy added, "I'm sad to miss 
our 20th reunion, since reconnecting with 
so many friendly '90 faces on Facebook 
has brought back so many fond memories 
of our days on the Heights. See you at 
our 25th!" • Speaking of our recent reunion, 
please send in your stories and news to share 
in the next issue! 


Correspondent: Peggy Morin Bruno 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06019 

I hope you enjoyed a fabulous summer 
and caught up with your friends from BC! 
Send me a quick note with an update of 
your summer adventures! • Ray Vaillancourt 
and his wife, Megan Quinlan, welcomed 
a son, Andrew Vaillancourt, on June 8, 2009. 
They live in Roslindale, and Ray is a lieuten- 
ant in the Cambridge Fire Department, 
assigned to Engine 3 in East Cambridge. 
He's still working on figuring out what he 
will be when he grows up! • Troy Bracher 
brought his three sons — Jack, Christian, and 
George — out to Hanscom Air Force Base to 
see the CH-53E helicopters flown in by Marine 
Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 in support 
of Marine Week Boston. HMH-461 is 
commanded by Troy's friend Lt. Col. Sean 
Salene, and the Bracher boys enjoyed meeting 
with the Marines. Despite Sean's hopes, 
it doesn't look like the visit has swayed the 
boys' mom, Elizabeth (Renick) Bracher, 
MA'95, PhD'04, to back any future enlist- 
ments. Sean and his squadron had just 
returned from Haiti, where they participated 
in Operation Unified Response, the humani- 
tarian relief mission conducted in response to 
the devastating earthquake in January. Sean 
and his Marines left home base on 72 hours' 
notice and then spent three months as 
part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit 
delivering food, water, and aid and supporting 
international efforts to help alleviate the 
suffering of the Haitian people. Thank you 
to Sean and his Marines for all they do! 
• Congratulations to Greg Sarian, who was 
recently named to Bauon's America's Top 
i,ooq Advisors: State-by-State list in February. 
Greg is first VP, investments, and wealth 
management advisor with Merrill Lynch 
Private Client Group. In addition to working 
with clients, Greg is an instructor at Merrill 
Lynch's corporate headquarters, where he 
helps train new financial consultants. Greg 
also serves on various committees at the 
Church of the Savior, and recently his team 
organized and sponsored a fundraiser for the 
CityTeam Ministries, helping the homeless 
in the Philadelphia area. He and wife Laurel 
live in Malvern, PA, with their children, 
Elizabeth, Christian, and Grace. • Congratula- 
tions to Jaime Crowley, MA'96, who received 
a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in May. It 
was presented in Santa Monica, CA, at an 
awards dinner and ceremony, hailed as the 
"Oscars of Teaching" by Teacher Magazine. 
Jaime is an assistant principal at Mount Hope 
High School in Bristol. RI. 



Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello 
37 Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07506 

Mike Callanan recently returned from a deploy- 
ment to Afghanistan as the commanding offi- 
cer, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine 
Division. Their primary mission was to find and 
remove improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in 
the Helmand River valley. Mike will attend the 
National War College this summer in Washing- 
ton DC. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Max 
(8) and Jack (3). • Christa (Hainey) Cormier's 
third son, Carson Robert, was born on August 
30, 2008. The family also moved cross-country 
this past November, from Massachusetts to 
Saratoga, CA, where they are enjoying the nicer 
weather! • Cindy Abella recently married Timo- 
thy Shanley. They spent their honeymoon in 
South Africa on a safari and also visited the Sey- 
chelles — the most beautiful beaches ever, they 
report! Cindy works at Schick- Wilkinson Sword 
(a division of Energizer) as a global business 
director, and Tim is the president of Celebration 
Foods, the manufacturer of Carvel, M&Ms, and 
Snickers ice-cream cakes. The couple live in 
Fairfield, CT. • Shawn DeRosa recently moved 
to State College, PA, and accepted the position of 
manager of aquatic facilities and safety officer 
for intercollegiate athletics at Penn State. He 
continues his consulting and expert witness 
work with DeRosa Aquatic Consulting, focusing 
his efforts on drowning prevention and aquatic 
risk management. Shawn was again selected by 
the American National Red Cross to help revise 
the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, 
scheduled for release in 2011. • It is with sadness 
that I report the passing of Cynthia Byrd-DiBene- 
detto of Middleton on February 8. Please read her 
obituary at Our 
thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. 


Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 
2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield, MA 01330 

Michael J. Atwood's new book, HiStory of Santa 
Monica, is now out and available for purchase. 
Michael, an English and secondary education 
major at BC, earned a master's degree in profes- 
sional writing from the University of Southern 
California in 2004. For more information, visit or • Chris Woods has been 
accepted into the Harvard Kennedy Schoql's 
Mid-Career Master in Public Administration 
program. He will remain in his current position 
as head of Google's Boston direct sales office. 
Chris was recently featured on New England 
Cable News's CEO Corner. 


Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; j '03-548-2396 

Things have been quiet from all of you. Please 
take a few moments to write a quick e-mail and 
share some news! • In December 2009, editors 
of the ABA Journal selected e-Lessons Learned 
as one of the top 100 blogs by lawyers, for 
lawyers. "E-Lessons Learned" was founded by 
our own Fernando Pinguelo, JD'97. • In 2009, 
former advertising executive Navyn (Datoo) 
Salem founded a new non-profit, Edesia. The 
organization produces nut pastes such as 
Plumpy'nut and Nutributter that were formu- 
lated to fight malnutrition in children, and this 
past June, Edesia directed its efforts to Haiti, 
where its food supplements were distributed by 
the World Food Programme to help people in 
need. In May, Navyn was named on Providence 
Business News's list of Women to Watch. • Okla- 
homa City lawyer Ryan Leonard is running as a 
Republican candidate for state attorney general. 
Ryan, who holds a law degree from the Univer- 
sity of Oldahoma, served on the staff of former 
U.S. Senator Don Nickles and was an assistant 
district attorney in Canadian County, OK. 
• That's all, folks. I'm looking forward to getting 
some more submissions for next time around! 


Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 
Panasci Chapel 
1419 Salt Springs Road 
Syracuse, NY 13214 

Happy summer! We've got news about babies, a 
wedding, and personal and professional suc- 
cesses! • Brian Condon and his wife, Angelika, 
are happy to announce the birth of their first 
child, a baby boy, Christopher Lawrence. He was 
born on March 13 in Manhattan. • Julie (Ptash- 
nick) Fox, husband Paul, and older son Jack 
welcomed second son Liam Nolan on August 
14, 2009. They moved back to the States three 
years ago after nine years in Ireland and 
currently reside in Plymouth. Julie works as a 
physical therapist. • Jeff and Shawn Cassedy 
Perkins welcomed son Ryan Jeffery on August 
27, 2009. They live in Seattle with their daughter 
Jordan (3). • Cheryl Najarian and Michael Souza 
were married on Cape Cod in Provincetown on 
May 22. They live in the Boston area, where 
Cheryl is an assistant professor of sociology at 
UMass Lowell, and Mike is a sales director for • Jennifer Elenbaas Phillips sent in 
an article on Nicole Metz Vazquez, who is one of 
three recipients of the Newport Daily News's 
2010 Community Service Award. Nikki has 
"been active in island beautification, education, 
and community garden projects," and she was 
praised for "the way she rallied local residents 
around a family facing hardship." • Joshua A. 
Paul, a certified financial planner professional 
and a VP of Bartholomew & Company, has been 
selected as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager, as 
announced in the February 2010 issue of Boston 
magazine. • Jeff Sellinger won two Emmys for 
his work on March Madness iPhone apps at 
CBS, where he was EVP and general manager of 
CBS Mobile. He recently left CBS to co-found a 
new company, shopkick, in Silicon Valley. 

• Stephen D. Riden, JD'99, is a partner at Beck 
Reed Riden LLP in Boston. He was previously 
senior counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP in Boston. 

• Scott Livingston finished Ironman Brazil in 

May, qualifying for the Ironman World Champi- 
onship in Kona, HI, this October. He was joined 
in Brazil by his wife, Debbie, and children Shepard 
(4) and Dahlia (1). Scott is the CEO of Horst 
Engineering in East Hartford, CT. Scott chronicles 
his sporting, travel, and business adventures on 
his blog, • Finally, thanks 
go out to Reunion Program Committee members 
Jennifer Aquino, Kristen D'Amato Mazzocchi, 
Steve Deroian, Amy Driscoll, Michelle Fay, Rachel 
Finkle JD'oo, Kellie Innocenti, Trisha Nugent 
CAES'oi, Roshan Rajkumar, and David Shapiro! 


Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

51 j E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York, NY woog; 212-673-3065 

Joseph and Kimberly (Galligan) Cicala 

welcomed daughter Ellen Claire to the family 
on October 6, 2009. Ellie joins big sister 
Kayleigh (6) and big brother Louis (5). The 
Cicalas live in Cedar Grove, NJ. • Joseph 
Janezic and Amy Snyder '98 were married on 
October 24, 2009, at St. Ignatius. Many alums 
attended, including Michael Abbate; Ian 
Breen; Christian Doheny; John '99 and Lisa 
(Auriemma) McGrory '98; Josh '98 and Ada 
(Penabaz) Lewendon '98; Steven Kim '98; 
MA'99, JD'oo; Stephen Sobhi '98; Alicia 
Doble '98; Mary Buttarazzi '98; Jennifer 
Saenz '98; Larissa (Huskins) Wilson MBA'03; 
Patrick Mulligan '93; James '00 and Krishna 
(Konnath) Maher MSW01; Judith Lyons 
JD'99; Masai King JD'96; and Matthew 
Feeney '00, JD'03. Amy is a VP of marketing 
at Frontier Capital Management in Boston, 
and Joe is a prosecutor and deputy chief of the 
Gang Unit in the Suffolk County District 
Attorney's Office. The couple live in Brighton 
with their golden retriever, Tedy. • Rob and 
Kristen (Peters) Bierwirth welcomed twins, 
Kimberly Ann and Joseph Robert, on Novem- 
ber 29, 2009. The babies were born eight 
weeks premature but are now in good health. 

• Christy and Matt Keswick welcomed a son, 
Anderson Ellsworth, on April 21, 2010. The 
Keswicks, who live in Marina Bay in Quincy, 
are doing well. Matt runs a consulting company, 
and Christy works for the nonprofit Good 
Sports, which donates athletic equipment to 
at-risk and disadvantaged youth. • Jim Roth 
and his wife, Shane, welcomed a son, Nathan 
English Roth, on May 17, 2010. The family 
lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 

• Sue McMullen Cushing has opened a yoga 
studio, Your Element Yoga, in Sudbury. When 
she isn't instructing her clients in the proper 
posture for the downward dog, she is often 
taking care of her three kids, Sam (6), Abby (5), 
and Ryan (2). • Finally, Robby Reyes married 
Mae Brana in June 2009. • Congrats to all! 


Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 

464 Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

Eric '98 and Meredith Byrne Lussen welcomed 
their son, John "Jack" Byrne Lussen, on Feb- 


ruary 15. The family lives in Dallas. • Elise 
Morrissey launched her own interior design 
firm, Morrissey Saypol Interiors, in January. 
The firm is based in New York City and 
welcomes residential projects throughout the 
United States. Visit www.morrisseysaypol. 
com. • Fenwick and Jen (Wahl) Garvey wel- 
comed their firstborn, twin boys, on September 
3, 2009. Collin and Declan proudly wore their 
Boston College caps during their hospital 
stay. Their proud parents can't wait for them 
to visit BC for a football game. • Jed Clevenger 
is thrilled to announce his marriage to Kristy 
Duvall. The couple got married at the Mountain 
Winery in Saratoga, CA, on May 2. Although 
Kristy graduated from the University of Colo- 
rado at Boulder, she is now an honorary Eagle. 
Other BC Eagles from the Class of 1997 in 
attendance included Matt O'Brien, Scott Symon, 
Charlie McEachron, Brian O'Meara, and Mike 
Krepick, all with their respective spouses — 
honorary Eagles. • Jenn (Klingler) '99 and 
Tristan Jordan welcomed their second child, 
Tess Ann, on April 1. Tess joins big brother 
Tyler (2). The family lives in Norwalk, CT. 

Erin Dionne '97 


Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 
1281 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Meredith (Byrne) '97 and Eric Lussen are 
proud to announce the birth of their son, John 
"Jack" Byrne, on February 15 in Dallas. • Lisa 
Hart and Paul Moore were married on Octo- 
ber 11, 2009, at Our Lady Comforter of the 
Afflicted Church in Waltham. A reception 
followed at the Oakley Country Club in Water- 
town. Members of the Class of 1998 in 
attendance were Christina (Weber) Enticknap, 
Chris DeAngelis, and Laura Bryant. Erin 
(Frey) Pearson '99 was also in attendance. 
Since receiving both her BA in elementary 
education and her MEd in special education 
from BC, Lisa has been teaching elementary 
school in the Newton public school system. 

• Jessica (Passaretti), MEd'99, and Karl Kemp, 
MBA'05, are thrilled to announce the birth of 
their daughter, Susannah Grace Kemp, on 
December 30, 2009. Susannah joins big 
brothers Jimmy (4) and Daniel (2). The Kemps 
live in Newton. Karl is now launching his own 
software company. • John '99 and Lisa 
(Auriemma) McGrory welcomed their third 
child, Jack Thomas, into the world on Decem- 
ber 1, 2009. Big sister Alexis and big brother 
Shane are taking good care of Jack. The family 
is still living in Dix Hills, Long Island, and 
Lisa is working as the assistant VP of finance 
and controller of The Garden City Group, Inc. 

• Bill and Kerianne (Barbour) Maloney wel- 
comed a son, William Matthew, on February 
23. Matthew joins his older sisters Grace (4) 
and Maggie (1). • Erin, MA'oi, and Michael 
Terry are proud to announce the arrival of 
their first child, Ryan Michael, in October 
2009. Mike recently earned his MS in envi- 
ronmental management through the University 
of Maryland and is still serving in the Army, 
while Erin is working as a child and family 
therapist. They currently reside in Sunapee, 
NH. • In May, I decided to leave the working 
world and become a full-time mom to my two 


Middle school can be remem- 
bered with both fondness 
and dread, and Erin Dionne 
'97 knows how to weave a narrative 
from that contradiction. 

Over the past two years, Dionne has 
written a pair of popular books — Models 
Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies and The 
Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet — 
tliat feature young girls whose amusing 
struggles have resonated with a growing 
audience of devoted readers. 

Her eighth-grade heroines encoun- 
ter a series of embarrassing, but enlight- 
ening, situations — one is entered into a 
beauty pageant without her knowledge, 
while the other finds herself in the 
same class as her precocious seven- 
year-old sister. 

Though her stories feature what 
Dionne calls "emotional truths" drawn 
from her middle school days, her aim 

is not merely to recount her own experiences. "It's all about creating interesting charac- 
ters," she says, "and following them so readers can learn from them, grow with them, 
and ultimately take away what's relevant to their own lives." 

Her third novel, Elsie Wyatt Hates Loves Marching Band, will hit bookstores in 
fall 2011. 

Author Erin Dionne has her young audience 
turning pages. 

Below, Dionne tries her hand at nonfiction: 


Seeing my first book on bookstore shelves. 


The birth of my daughter, Charlotte Poe, 
in 2008. 


There are so many good ones — from 
traveling with the band to bowl games and 
the NCAA tournament to hanging out with 
my roommates in Edmonds Hall. 


To write two more books this summer. 


Take a class outside of your comfort 
zone as a junior or senior. 


I hope I haven't changed too much! 
I think I'm less anxious about what the 
future holds. I've found that if you work 

hard and are a good person, everything 
typically turns out okay. 


My family lived in California when I 
applied to colleges, and I wanted to go to 
a Division I school on the East Coast. When 
I stepped onto campus, I thought, "This 
is what college is supposed to look like." 


Perseverance and taking risks. Without 
taking risks (and being willing to fail), 
you'll never realize your dreams. 


Bapst Library. It's everything a university 
library should be — beautiful, quiet, 
inspirational, and Gothic. 


Spend time on the Dustbowl talking 
to students and boost the budget of 
the bands program! 



girls, Lillian (3) and Eleanor (1). I am very 
excited about this big change and am busier 
than when I was working! • Have a wonderful 
autumn, everyone! Please keep sending your 
updates — I will respond to everyone who 
sends information, so if you don't hear from 
me, that means I did not get your e-mail. 
Please don't hesitate to e-mail me again or to 
contact me on Facebook. I want to make sure 
I include all your updates. Thank you! 


Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 

Hello, Class of 1999. I hope everyone is doing 
well and having a fantastic summer. I look 
forward to catching up with many of you at 
the football games this fall. Here are some 
updates from our classmates. • Sarah and 
Michael Ingoldsby welcomed their first child, 
Lily Margaret, on March 28. • Meredith 
(Simon) '01 and David Campbell are proud to 
announce the birth of their daughter, Nora 
Jane, on March 23. • Scott and Stacey Salko 
Cirillo welcomed their third child, Maxwell 
Andrew, on May 16. Max joins big brother Zach 
(5) and big sister Abby (3). Stacey and Scott live 
in Mendham, NJ, and work in the Morristown 
area. • Terry Kerr has opened the first retail 
location of his men's clothing company, Henley 
& Sloane, on Nantucket. It is located at 18A 
Federal Street. If you are on the island, stop by 
and say hello. • Emily (Spitser) and Sean Ritter 
welcomed a second baby girl, Elizabeth Louise, 
on January 29. Emily, Sean, Elizabeth, and big 
sister Catherine are all doing well. They live in 
Westfield, NJ. • Meg Quinn Beardsley welcomed 
a son, Harry Judson Beardsley V, on May 1, 
2009. He shares his birthday with his sister 
Jillian Aliz, who was born on May 1, 2006, 
and joins Caoilainn Quinn, who was born in 
2004. Meg is currently teaching Spanish and 
ESL at Amity Regional High School in Wood- 
bridge, CT. • Robin Puccio Horrigan is writing 
a column titled "Cooking from the Carpool 
Lane" for the blog of an Internet start-up based 
in Cambridge. Plummelo is a Web site for 
busy cooks: a free place to store all your favorite 
online recipes, create meal plans and shopping 
lists, and share with an online community. 

Visit the blog at and join 
Plummelo for free! • Kabir and Rebecca (Foy) 
Sen welcome their first child, Eva Rose, in 
January. • Meaghan Dalton, MEd'oo, is teaching 
Spanish at Marist School in Atlanta. This 
summer, she has also been performing in 
classical ballet and contemporary dance with 
the dance company Artists without Borders. 

• Sandi (Nagy) and Sean Sinclair welcomed 
their second child, Ashely Josephine, on 
December 28, 2009. Along with son Zach (3), 
they live in Arlington, VA. • Thanks again to 
all who have sent in updates. I look forward to 
hearing from more of you soon. 


Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 
63 Carolina Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Hello, members of the Class of 2000. It was 
amazing seeing so many of you at our 10th 
reunion. For those of you who weren't able to 
make it, know that you were missed. Alison 
Ball married Stephen Bryan on October 24, 
2009, in Salem. The couple live in Cohasset. 

• Timothy and Melissa Bellizzi Carolan welcomed 
their first child, Ella Rose, on June 10, 2009. 
They celebrated their fifth anniversary in May 
and are living in Merrimack, NH. • Cody and 
Carrie Hargreaves Smith welcomed their first 
daughter, Taylor Lowndes Smith, on June 21, 
2009. Taylor joins her big brother, Connor, in 
the family's Columbia, SC, home. • Liz and 
Andrew Curran, along with big sister Anna, 
welcomed the birth of Bridget Matheny on 
November 12, 2009. Also, Andrew was appointed 
to the board of directors for the Society of St. 
Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati. • On December 
11, 2009, Steve and Natalie (DiCostanzo Rini) 
welcomed their first child, Grace Cassidy. • Mike 
and Lindsey (Doering) Mahanna welcomed 
their first child, James Ceorge on December 13, 
2009. The Mahannas live in Washington DC, 
where Lindsey is an accountant at a nonprofit. 

• On January 18, Kerri (Demers), MSW'05, and 
Steve McManama welcomed a baby boy, Connor, 
who joins his older sister, Caroline (3). • Rob 
and Heather Ratliff Conroy, MAT'06, 
welcomed their first child, Lucy Ratliff, on 
February 24. • Rob and Melyssa Belletti Taylor 
welcomed their first child, Abigail Rachel, on 


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March 4. • Tom and Danielle Basso Sly 

welcomed their second child, Paul Louis, on 
March 12. Paul joins big brother Henry in 
their San Francisco home. • Scott and Kimberly 
Arbuckle Goodwin welcomed their daughter, 
Reese Catherine, on April 22. The Goodwins 
currently live and work in New York City. 
Congratulations to all! • What an amazing 
success our reunion was! Thank you to all the 
members of the class who helped fundraise 
and plan for the event and for the whole year. 
As a class, we raised over $200,000 and had 
more than 740 donors — and we had more 
than 500 people attend our class party! • Keep 
up the wonderful updates! 


Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 
16 Brightwood Avenue 
North Andover, MA 01845 

Patricia Ryder wrote to announce her marriage 
to Scott Larson on September 6, 2009. The 
ceremony and reception were held at the 
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, overlooking 
Lake Michigan. Classmates in attendance 
were Melissa Berts, Katie Burke, Cindy (Evans) 
Cash, and Ellie Knight. Members of the 
wedding party included Patricia's brothers, 
Bill Ryder '02 and Steve Ryder '06. Jackie 
Roche '08, MEd'09, was also in attendance. 
Patricia and Scott met at New York University, 
where they attended law school and received 
their JDs in 2005. They reside in New York 
City and are practicing attorneys. 


Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

42 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Charlestown, MA 02129; 617-596-5486 

Danny Dammrich and Maryanne Bradford were 
married in 2007 and now live in Miami, where 
Danny is a first-year resident at Jackson Memo- 
rial Hospital. Danny graduated from Loyola 
University's Snitch School of Medicine in June 
2009. Maryanne is an account supervisor at the 
La Comunidad advertising agency in Miami. 
• Congratulations to Jonathan and Jennifer 
(Overbeck) Farina, who welcomed Ethan Thomas 
into the world on March 13. • David D. McGowan 
and Merritt Dattel (Colgate University '02) were 
married on May 15 in Greenville, MS. In atten- 
dance were David's father, Peter McGowan '69, 
and 2002 classmates Ryan Mulderrig MA'io, 
Omar Kazimi, Steven LeBlanc, Stephen Delia 
Penna, Theos Stamoulis, James Evans, Colleen 
Kelly MSW'07, and Erin McNamara. The couple 
currentiy reside in South Boston. 


Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

ni Lawrence St., Apt igF 

Brooklyn, NY 11201; 201-31J-2205 

Pauline and Benedikt Goetz welcomed Matilda 
Maria Goetz to the world on June 23, 2009, in 


London. The family is doing very well. • John 
Patrick Foody married Gina Stamnli on October 
10, 2009, at St. George Cathedral in South Boston. 
Groomsmen included Dan Cahill MBA'08, 
Greg Goodman. Billy Harrison, and Steve 
Harutunian MS'04. Bridesmaids included Sara- 
marie (Foody) Bittmann '99, MA'03; Suzanne 
(Foody) Toner '01; Katie (Foody) Proulx; and Beth 
Pollock '00. Other BC alumni in attendance 
included Ryan Baylock, Daniel Bonjour, Justin 
DaGraca, Anthony Riguardi, Beth (Milewski) 
Goodman. Kelly Holland. Bob Kalas, Kate 
Simpkinson 05, Matthias Schildwachter, 
Katie DellaPorta, John Ian Kimball '02, Brian 
Bittmann '99, Mike Argyelan '72, and Kenneth 
Kimball MEd'68. John and Gina currendy live 
in Philadelphia. • Anne DaSilva married Scott 
McGrath on September 6, 2009, in Newport, 
RI. In attendance were several BC alums, 
including Julie (McSweeney) Curti, Michael 
Sarette, Karen (Updaw) Thorpe MEd'08. Dan 
Thorpe. Michelle (Martini) Sanchez, Heather 
Kusmierz. David Soo MA'05, Justin Schwarz 
MEd'03. Kevin Werner, Pam (Longar) Clifton, 
Britt (Frisk) Pados, Matt Pados, Pete Cannis- 
traci. Nita Kolstad. and Trevor and Gina (De 
Stefano) Swanberg. The couple plan to move 
from New York City to San Francisco this 
summer. • Kathryn Gilmore and AJ Bedel '02 
are happy to announce their marriage on 
October 10. 2009, in Pasadena, CA. Fellow 
Eagles who parried with the couple were Mital 
Raythattha, Gajan Sivananthan, Archana 
Patel, Adam Kalt '05, Brian Davis '02, Paul 
Tamburro '02, Isabel Shen '02, Kevin Shah '02, 
Anand Shah '02, Andrew Nazar '02, Nick Watt, 
Kristen Nazar '04, Jackie Rohrer '02, and Ed 
Nazar '71. AJ is a lawyer with Quinn Emanuel, 
and Kate is a zookeeper at the Los Angeles Zoo. 

• Erin Herbig is running as a moderate Demo- 
crat for the District 43 seat in the Maine House 
of Representatives, representing Belfast, Bel- 
mont, and Northport. In March, Erin began 
working in community outreach for Belfast- 
based Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide land 
trust that focuses on preserving farmland. She 
and her husband, Josh Povec, live in Belmont. 

• Happy summer to all! 



Correspondent: Alexandra "Allie" Weiskopf 


Jade Brown is working in Mali as a Catholic 
Relief Services business development and 
strategies manager. • In May, Jane Duket 
graduated from the Roger Williams Univer- 
sity Law School in Rhode Island. She was a 
member of the Alliance and the Association 
for Public Interest Law and a student attorney 
for the RWU Law's Community Justice Clinic 
in Providence. She also served as a judicial 
extern for the Hon. Timothy Hillman in 
Worcester, as a legal intern for the Family 
Court Division in Providence, and as a Rule 9 
student attorney for the Office of the City 
Solicitor in Pawtucket. • Robert Harper was 
honored for his volunteer efforts supporting 
the Suffolk County Bar Association, where he 
serves as chair of the Membership Benefits 
and Services Committee. Robert, who earned 
his JD from Hofstra University School of Law, 
is an associate at Farrell Fitz, PC, in Union- 


The practical side of Isabelle 
Abramson '07 led her to study 
nursing at Boston College, while 
the dreamer in her reveled in the ceram- 
ics electives she took at the Heights. 

Upon graduation, she became a school 
nurse, but — as an aspiring artist — she 
worked nights and weekends developing 
a signature style of porcelain design that 
"incorporates patterns of negative space 
into functional works of art." 

Now, Abramson only occasionally 
serves as a substitute school nurse and 
spends most of her days in Boston's 
South End, perfecting her craft in her 
loft studio in a converted nineteenth- 
century mill. 

She's become known for her finely 
crafted white porcelain bowls and vases 
with striking organic patterns and deli- 
cate openwork. Most designs take three 
to four hours to make, and larger 

pieces need up to 15 hours each. Abramson is also developing ceramic pendants and 
table lamps similarly inspired by forms in nature. 

"I work on one piece at a time," she says, "and I'm completely engrossed in weigh- 
ing what the material can handle while making sure the design of the piece is the 
main focus." 

Her creations were featured in Boston Globe Magazine this spring and have also 
received positive buzz from Boston Home magazine. Abramson opens her studio by 
appointment, and her works can be viewed at 

Below, Abramson finds another means of expression: 

isabelle Abramson balances form and function 
in her ceramics. 


The rare instances when I meet someone 
who has "heard of me." It always blows 
my mind. I'm thinking, "I haven't heard 
of me!" 


I'm in love with the gardens I tend 
outside of work. 


I think walking out of my last final at the 
end of nursing school was one of the most 
completely satisfying moments of my life. 


I'd like to add a few more products to my 
collection and refine some of the designs 
I've been using. 


Go to a football game. 


I am much more self-confident 
and optimistic. 


I think, initially, BC's campus was what 
drew me. 


Find the thing that you would do if you 
had no material needs. 


The rooftop of the Beacon Street Garage. 
As a commuter student, I would sit in 
my car on the roof and listen to music 
before class. 


I'd have everyone go into the city and 
volunteer for a day. 



dale, NY. • Brendan Housler won the 2010 
Philly Phlyer Circuit Race in March. 

• In February, Noah Patel, MEd'05, was the 
recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Educa- 
tion, which recognized him as an exemplary 
math teacher in the Boston Public Schools. 

• David Delia Penna married Jennifer Curcio 
on August 8, 2009. They met during the first 
week of freshman year in Duchesne West. 
Christine Hughes-Pontier '03 was the matron 
of honor; and Julie Walsh Messinger, MA'06, 
and Tina Corea '06 were bridesmaids; and 
Stephen Delia Penna '02 was a groomsman. 
Other 2004 alumni present included Chris 
Ciano, James Cooper, Joe Federico, Andrew 
Kelley, Ryan Pontier, and Martin Stezano. 
Also attending were Danielle Corea '10, Tony 
DiMeo '06, Karina Chamorro Pearlin '03, 
Anne Cooper Pratt '05, and Stephen Pratt '05. 

• Matt 03 and Kristen (DeBoy) Caminiti, 
MSW'05, welcomed Ryan James DeBoy on 
January 7. Kristen and Matt live in Crofton, 
MD, and are enjoying life with their littlest BC 
fan. • Marika Beaton recentiy accepted a position 
at Harvard University as project manager for 
Allston. • Please continue to send me updates! 



Correspondent: Joe Bowden 

g$ Harvest Lane 

Bridgewater, MA 02324; 508-807-0048 

Elizabeth Stowe married Mark Fennell on 

September 6, 2009, in Warwick, RI. Regina 
Lauricella was the maid of honor; Christine 
Bourque, MS'06, was a bridesmaid; and Rob- 
ert Keely was the best man. Other alumni in 
attendance included S. Christopher Stowe Jr. 
'73, JD'76; Jeanne Blank Stowe '73; James 
Fennell '69; James Nichols '52, MBA'62; John 
Tessitore '73; Kellie Faircloth; Rev. Gregory 
Stowe '01; Karen Stowe Mark '76, MEd'77; 
Emily Keane; Lauren Tallevi 04; Eileen 
Holmes MSW07; Elizabeth Bender '04; Christy 
Neu Rodriguez JD'08; Trevor Rozier-Byrd; 
Lana De Angelis; Steve Cote; Courtney Reyn- 
olds; Emily Stanger; Elizabeth Donahue MS 10; 
Jennifer Marsh '06; Justin '04 and Jessica 
Johnson Zbrzezny MEd'06; Christopher 
Iaquinto '06; James Pollack '03; David Seltz 
'03; Gus Pabst; Matthew Barbini '03; David 
Herman; John Rybicki; Christopher Hawkins 
'04; Matthias Schildwachter '03; and JP Sinis- 
ter. The Fennells live in South Boston. • Han- 
nah Nolan-Spohn married Matthew Hess on 
May 29 in Haddonfield, NJ. Robert Wabler, 
Colleen Gordon DaRos, Peter DeLuca MA'07, 
Jon Venne, Shana Rabinowich, Amar Ashar, 
Elana Western, James Noonan, Barry Mills, 
Sarah Brown, Joe Halli, and Kate Kreinbring 
were in attendance. The couple live in Chicago. 
• Tanesha Barnes has contributed to a new 
book on social justice, Love, Race and Liberation: 
'Til the White Day is Done, which was released 
in March. Tanesha oversees campus-wide cul- 
tural and social justice programs for the Center 
for Multicultural Education and Programs at 
NYU and facilitates various social justice and 
diversity workshops. • I hope everyone had a 
great time at Reunion! It was really nice seeing 
so many of you, sharing old memories, and 
creating new ones. I look forward to seeing 
you all again! 


Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 845-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea / 973-224-3863 

Classmates, some not-so-breaking news: We 
are rapidly approaching our fifth year away 
from campus. You know what that means: it's 
almost time to head back to the Heights — the 
Class of 2006 will soon be celebrating our 
first official class reunion! Michael Cianchette, 
Dave Levy, Natalie Caruso, and Colleen Crow- 
ley are taking the lead on some of the reunion 
efforts and would love help from classmates 
who might be interested! Please contact Mike 
Cianchette ( 
or Dave Levy ( for more 
information and to become involved. • Ben Adams 
was married to Sarah Morgan on September 
26, 2009, in Lake George, NY. Groomsmen were 
Joseph Woodfield and Patrick Mulhearn. • Bridget 
Doherty, MS'07, is thrilled to announce her 
recent decision to partner with chef friend Ginna 
Haravon to grow Salted Caramel LLC. The 
two are working in Chicago and spreading 
sweet and savory treats to the nation! Salted 
Caramel's first product. Bacon Bourbon Caramel 
Corn, has been all the rage, gaining nation- 
wide press and attention. Check out Bacon 
Bourbon Caramel Corn at www.SaltedCara-! • Matthew Putorti, a third-year student 
this fall at Fordham University School of Law, 
has been selected as editor-in-chief of the 
Fordham International Law Journal. The journal 
is the fourth-most-cited international student- 
run legal periodical in the United States. 


Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 

11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-6608 

In May, Mairin Lee graduated from the 
American Conservatory Theater in San 
Francisco with an MFA in acting. She has 
appeared on the ACT main stage in Phedre 
and A Christmas Carol. Her other Bay Area 
credits include The Farm, with the Shotgun 
Players, and Pericles, with the California 
Shakespeare Theater. This summer she will 
play Alais in The Lion in Winter at Shakespeare 
Santa Cruz. • Cameron Hosmer and Emily 
Bowen were married by former BC faculty 
member Fr. Daniel Sweeney on January 2 in 
St. Ignatius. Alumni groomsmen were 
Christopher Rosser, Andrew DeGiorgio, and 
Jason Fleming. Other alumni in attendance 
were Jessica Nixon, James Holland, Monica 
Donahue Phariss, Scott Nitz, Stephanie 
Lyndon, Noelle Troccoli, Anne Marchessault, 
Duri Chitayat, Meghan Benedetto, Daniel 
Meenan '08, and Lora Mead '06. Cameron 
and Emily live in Germany, where Cameron 
was preparing for deployment to Afghanistan 
this summer with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry 
Regiment. • Stephanie St. Martin finished 
her master's degree in philosophy this year at 
Boston College. She also was published 
recently in a book titled The Red Sox and 
Philosophy: Green Monster Meditations. She 
wrote Chapter 19 ("In Sync with Pink?"), in 

which she discusses the pink hat fans and 
whether or not they should be accepted as a 
part of Red Sox Nation. 


Correspondent: Maura Tierney 
92 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Kristin DiCenso recently accepted a new 
position as a software consultant in Austin, 
TX. She has also started a new BC alumni 
chapter in the Austin area. • Mike Malloy has 
been with Deloitte Consulting in Washington 
DC since graduation and has been working 
part-time on his MS in computer science at 
Georgetown. Mike is living with fellow 'o8er 
Mike Korchak, who is also studying at 
Georgetown, having just completed his 
second year at the medical school. • Shannon 
Sullivan will be returning to the Newton 
Campus this fall — this time to attend BC 
Law. Shannon has been working in Washing- 
ton DC since graduation. • Michael Leen 
and Ashley McLaughlin were married on 
June 26 in St. Paul, MN. The wedding party 
included Eric Sanderson, Jordan Bragg, and 
Eileen Puzo MA'09. Other wedding guests 
included Robert Edelman '73; Michael Puzo 
'74, JD'77; James '74, JD'77, and Dona 
(Metcalf) Laughlin '75; Eileen (Edelman) 
Minihan MEd'76; John '78 and Colleen 
(Edelman) Leen'79; Ellen Edelman-Franklin 
'82; James Puzo; Colin Smith; Jeff Staples; 
Colin Laughlin; Tim Manning 09; Kerry 
Fino; Hunter Vigneault; Greg Herrle; Ruth 
(Spangler) Herrle; Maureen "Mo" Lonergan; 
Jen Ferreris MA'09; Lauren Lieppman; Sarah 
Conaghan; Meg Weldon MEd'09; Matt 
Maher '09; and Kristin Stobo '10. The 
wedding featured bride and groom "Baldwin" 
cake toppers. 


Correspondent: Timothy Bates 

277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa, NY 11758 

Alicia Kinton is at UPenn's graduate 
school of nursing, working toward an 
MSN with a specialty in women's health. 

• Jillian Donohue is at the College of 
St. Rose in Albany, NY, in the school 
counseling master's program. • Jackie 
Ouellet is a training manager at Virtual Inc. 
in IT security in Wakefield. • Nick Ackerman 
is working with the New York City 
Department of Education as the New 
American Academy director of communica- 
tions. • Lizzy Robbins is an admissions 
officer for the master's Security Studies 
Program at Georgetown's School of Foreign 
Service. • Natasha Treacy recently made 
the move from Citco Fund Services to a new 
job doing investor relations at Luxor 
Capital Management, a hedge fund in 
New York City. • Austin Bryant is enjoying 
his ability to exercise his creativity as a 
product writer at Rue La La in Boston. 

• Bryce Rudow is working at Bayard 


Advertising in Washington DC. • Malcolm 
Ohl recently moved to Alaska, where he a 
howitzer platoon leader with the Army's 
ist Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th 
Infantry Division. 


Correspondent: Bridget K. Sweeney 

4 Lawrence Street 

Danvers, MA 01923; 978-985-1628 

Congratulations. Class of 2010. on your 
graduation, and welcome to the ranks 
of Boston College alumni! • We are pleased 
to welcome our newest correspondent, 
Bridget Sweeney, who has kindly volunteered 
to represent the Class of 2010 in these 
pages. Please let her know what you have 
been doing since your departure from the 
Heights and help her get a running start for 
her column for the Fall issue! 


Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham, MA 02026; 781-326-0290 

Reunion 2010 was a great success. 
The reception was held on the Brighton 
Campus at what was once the cardinal's 
residence. Our dean, Fr. James Woods '54, 
MAT'61, STB'62. spoke about the concept 
of distance learning utilizing high-tech, 
high-touch Web innovations. Michael Devlin 
'88 spoke about the value of his Boston 
College education, his current career in 
finance, and the wonderful support of the 
New York chapter of BC alumni. John Feudo 
'82, associate VP for alumni relations, gave 
a presentation on the master plan for 
the development of Boston College. • Donald 
M. Harney '62 reports that he and his wife, 
Geri, were planning to vacation in Ireland 
in June. Their daughter Cynthia married 
Rene Becker this past April. Cynthia is a 
graduate of Emmanuel College, while Rene 
is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 
He is the owner-proprietor of the Hi Rise 
Bread Co. in Cambridge. • Barbara Lyons 
'84, a longtime and devoted employee of 
the telephone company, was planning to 
retire at the end of June. Enjoy retirement, 
Barbara! • Jean Beattie '87, MS'04, has been 
employed at BC for 22 years. She is a tech- 
nology consultant in the IT department. 
• Eileen Forde '90, MBA'94, retired from 
John Hancock in 2003 and spends her 
winters in Florida and the remainder of her 
time in Falmouth on the Cape. 

Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Edward Harris, MBA'09, recently accepted 
a position at Under Armour in Baltimore 
as brand manager. He was formerly employed 

at Timberland as brand manager. • Patrick 
C. Keefe, MBA'09, nas joined TD Bank in 
Boston as a commercial portfolio manager. 
He previously served as a financial analyst 
at Crosspoint Associates in Natick and at 
CBRE Investors in Boston. A native of 
East Lyme, CT, Patrick, graduated from 
Northeastern University in 2000 and now 
resides in Boston. 

Cushing Hall, Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Class Notes are published in BC Nursing 
VOICE, the Connell School's magazine. 
Please forward all submissions to the 
above address. 


McGuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

Richard Finnegan, MA'66, has been selected 
as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair for 
2010-2011 at Masaryk University in the 
Czech Republic. He will be based in the 
Department of International Relations and 
European Studies. An international relations 
scholar and an authority on Irish studies, 
Richard has long served as chair of the 
political science department and as director 
of the Irish Studies and International Studies 
programs at Stonehill College, where he has 
also been director of the Honors Program 
and interim dean of the faculty. Richard 
is active in the Irish American community 
in Boston, and in 2009 the Irish Voice 
newspaper included him in its list of Top 
100 Irish American Educators. • Robert 
Waxier, MA'69, recently published a mem- 
oir, Courage to Walk (Spinner Publications), 
about his son's battle with a crippling illness. 
Robert is an English professor at UMass 
Dartmouth, where he cofounded the Center 
for Jewish Culture as well as the alternative 
sentencing program for criminal offenders, 
Changing Lives through Literature. • We are 
sad to report that Eileen Ann O'Neil, PhD'91, 
passed away on May 20. Eileen, who held 
BA and JD degrees from Creighton Univer- 
sity, was a professor of public health and 
family medicine at Tufts University School 
of Medicine. • Monica and John Bergin, 
MA'95, wrote to announce the arrival of 
their first child, John Charles, in May. John is 
a software engineer at Lockheed Martin. The 
Bergins reside in Conshohocken, PA. • Jason 
Pannone, MA'98, recently had his article, 
"Building Digital Libraries: Role of Social 
(Open Source) Software," co-authored with 
Kshema Prakash and K. Santi Swarup, 
published in Developing Sustainable Digital 
Libraries: Socio-Technical Perspectives (IGI 
Global Publications). • Gerald J. Beyer, 
PhD'05, has published his book Recovering 
Solidarity: Lessons from Poland's Unfinished 
Revolution (University of Notre Dame Press). 
He was also recently tenured and promoted 
to associate professor of theology at Saint 
Joseph's University in Philadelphia. 

McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

On June 1, Paul Crawford, MSW'02, 
was appointed the director of the Offices 
for Public Policy, Respect Life, Catholic 
Campaign for Human Development and 
Catholic Relief Services of the Diocese of 
Manchester, NH. Paul will also continue to 
work for New Hampshire Catholic Charities 
as a outreach coordinator. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02459 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Dawn Turco, DEd'87, senior VP of educational 
operations for the Hadley School for the Blind, 
is the 2010 winner of the Distance Education 
and Training Council Distinguished Service 
Award for her 17 years of outstanding service to 
the school. Dawn oversees Hadley's strategic ini- 
tiatives, accreditation process and program 
development and was responsible for creating 
the school's first online course, "Internet Basics," 
to help visually impaired students understand 
the Internet and the Web. • In July, Lynne Celli, 
MEd'88, PhD'91, became the new head of the 
Swampscott public school system. A Clark Uni- 
versity alumna, Lynne taught at her childhood 
Catholic school, Julie Country Day School, 
before becoming principal at St. Mel's Day 
School in Gloucester. She has taught at Lasell 
College and Anna Maria College and served as 
director of curriculum in Gardner and as assis- 
tant superintendent in Lexington. Most recently 
she was assistant superintendent/principal at 
Nashoba Valley Technical High School in 
Westford. Lynne resides in Leominster. • James 
Forest, PhD'98, is a visiting associate professor 
at UMass Lowell and a senior fellow at the Joint 
Special Operations University. 



School of Theology & 

140 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800 

Class Notes are published in Called to 
Serve, the School of Theology & Ministry's 
magazine. Please forward submissions of 50 
words or less, including school, degree, and 
graduation year, to the address above. 



Edmund M. Keefe '29, MA'33, of 
Irvine, CA, on February 18, 2010. 


Francis P. Brennan '39 of Win- 
chester on April 4, 2010. 

Robert V. Condon '36 of Fram- 
ingham, formerly of Sugar Hill, 
NH, on April 21, 2010. 

James Russell Doherty '38 of 

Arlington on April 3, 2010. 

Robert A. Potenza '36 of Slaters- 
ville, RI, on April 17, 2010. 

Daniel B. Ryan Jr. '39 of Port St. 
John, FL, on April 19, 2010. 


James F. Boudreau, Esq., '42 of 
East Falmouth on March 31, 2010. 

Francis J. Brady '43 of Roswell, 
GA, on April 23, 2010. 

Charles G. Crowley, SJ, '45, 
MA'47, MS'47, of Weston on 
May 22, 2010. 

Hugh F. Daly '48, MSSW'50, of 
Park Hills, KY, on June 7, 2010. 

John S. Dennehy, Esq., '47 of 
Needham on April 21, 2010. 

Francis X. Diskin, CSP, '40 of 

New York, NY, on June 25, 2010. 

Joseph F. Flanagan, SJ, '46, 
MA'55, STL'6o, of Chestnut Hill 
on May 14, 2010. 

James A. Keeley '42 of Woburn 
on August 20, 2009. 

Thomas J. Leittem, Esq., JD'48, 
of Prairie Village, KS, on March 
24, 2010. 

Agnes P. Mahoney, MEd'41, of 
Tewksbury on June 23, 2010. 

Thomas D. Manning '43 of 

Milton on June 20, 2010. 

Robert M. Morrison '48 of Brigh- 
ton on May 8, 2010. 

Edward P. O'Sullivan '43 of 

Houston, TX, on May 12, 2010. 

Frank L. Ryan, MA'48, of North 
Easton on May 26, 2010. 

Frederick J. Seely '42 of Need- 
ham on May 3, 2010. 

Louis I. Sklar, Esq., JD'48, of 
Marblehead on June 3, 2010. 

Joseph P. Walsh Jr. '47 of West- 
wood on May 5, 2010. 

Joseph P. Walsh '49 of Grason- 

ville, MD, on March 25, 2010. 


Mary Stella Aquilina, MEd'59, 
of Evansville, IN, on May 27, 

Victor A. Balchunas '51 of 

Weymouth on May 9, 2010. 

Donald W. Barr, Esq., JD'53, of 
Hanover, NH, on January 11, 

Robert L. Bavelock, MSW59, 
of Plymouth and Naples, FL, on 
October 29, 2009. 

Alice Kain Berry '52 of Wakefield 
on March 26, 2010. 

Elizabeth Burns '56 of Syracuse, 
NY, on April 23, 2010. 

John J. Burns '52 of San Diego, 
CA, on April 25, 2010. 

Herbert W. Busch Jr. '59 of Hud- 
son on May 14, 2010. 

Anne-Marie (Faria) Cail '59 of 

Longboat Key, FL, on June 7, 

John B. Casey '50 of Yarmouth 
Port on June 1, 2010. 

Robert M. Collins '50 of Hampton, 
NH, on May 20, 2010. 

James A. Conway '51 of Framing- 
ham on April 29, 2010. 

Paul L. Corcoran '50 of Wilton, 
CT, on April 20, 2010. 

William J. Cullen, SJ, '54, MA'59, 
STL'66, of Weston on May 25, 

John O. Daly '57 of Woburn on 
April 13, 2010. 

Roland B. Desilets Sr. '58 of Mal- 
vern, PA, on April 5, 2010. 

William G. Devine, SJ, '50, 
MA'51, MA'54, PHL'5i, ofWeston 
on June 20, 2010. 

Edward F. Dicenzo '52, MEd'61, 
of Boston on June 1, 2010. 

John C. Doherty '55 of Waterville, 
ME, on April 17, 2010. 

John F. Dolan, Esq., JD'51, of 
Barrington, RI, on June 10, 

Joseph A. Fagan Sr. '52 of Welles- 
ley Hills on May 9, 2010. 

Charles J. Flathers '50 of Peabody 
on September 23, 2009. 

John J. Flynn, Esq., '58 of Salt 
Lake City, UT, on April 11, 2010. 

Robert F. Flynn '59 of Framing- 
ham on April 8, 2010. 

Gerard D. Fradette '51 of 

Melbourne, FL, on March 30, 

Roland P. Gendron '51, MEd'53, 
of Southbridge, formerly of 
Danielson, CT, on March 23, 

Herbert J. Glynn '52 of Northbor- 
ough on November 12, 2009. 

Stanley A. Goode '50 of Fitchburg 
on May 9, 2010. 

Charles F. Hurley Jr. '50 of 

Hyannis on May 18, 2010. 

Gabrielle L. Jean, SCO, MEd'57, 
PhD'61, of Lowell on June 8, 

Joseph G. Laffy '50 of Peabody on 
April 12, 2010. 

Nancy Pacious Lane '59 of 

Marlborough on April 2, 2010. 

Charles H. Lonergan '50 of 

Norwell on March 25, 2010. 

Eugene Lyne, Esq., JD'51, of 
Ocean Ridge, FL, on May 13, 

Frederick J. MacCormack '50, 
MEd'53, °f Milton, formerly of 
Hyde Park, on April 2, 2010. 

Alice Simard Macek '59 of North 
Attleboro on April 19, 2010. 

Catherine Madden, CSJ, MA'54, 
of Brockton on March 31, 2010. 

Mitchell Maloof, MEd'54, of 
Wellesley on May 23, 2008. 

John J. McArdle Jr. '52, MBA'70, 
of Topsfield on March 31, 2010. 

Robert F. McCarthy, MEd'54, of 
Everett on April 24, 2010. 

Mary Joyce McCarty, MEd'55, of 
Edwardsville, IL, on August 27, 

Patricia Molloy McDermott, 

MA'50, of Randolph on April 27, 

Joseph M. McDonough '50, 
MA'51, of Westwood on March 
31, 2010. 

Matthew F. McNamara WCAS'55 
of Reading on March 25, 2010. 

Leonard L. Medeiros, MEd'51, 
of North Dartmouth on May 3, 

Richard J. Montvitt '54 of Natick, 
on March 24, 2010. 

Frank Muller, Esq., JD'59, of Pel- 
ham, NY, on December 11, 2009. 

John N. Murray '51 of Fairfield, 
CT, on April 28, 2010. 

Ruth A. Murray, MEd'52, of 
Cambridge on May 21, 2010. 

Anthony R. Muscente, MEd'54, 
of Danielson, CT, on August 5, 

Richard W. Nerbonne '58 of 

Fairhaven on April 15, 2010. 

Francis X. Nihan '51 of Hanover 
on March 26, 2010. 

John A. O'Connor, Esq., '52 of 
Dorchester on April 23, 2010. 

Gilbert T. Rocha, Esq., '54, JD'57, 
of Barrington, RI, on December 
19, 2008. 

Joseph F. Sawyer, Esq., JD'58, of 
Worcester on April 2, 2010. 

John W. Shanahan '59 of Turners 
Falls on May 5, 2010. 

John J. Shine '53 of Spokane, WA, 
on February 27, 2010. 

Evelyn Gage Strobel '55 of South 
Weymouth on April 13, 2010. 

John L. Sullivan WCAS'54, 
MA'59, PhD'71, of Hingham on 
May 3, 2010. 

Frank S. Taft Jr. '51 of Newton on 
April 20, 2010. 

Leo E. Wesner '51 of Quincy on 
April 25, 2010. 

Thomas H. Whalen 59, MBA'68, 
of York, ME, on June 8, 2010. 


Richard R. Alexander WCAS'6o 
of Belmont on June 21, 2010. 

Suzanne Tenner Bangert '65 of 

Wayzata, MN, on November 14, 

Robert E. Barrett, Esq, '67, JD'70 
of Milton on April 23, 2009. 

Edgar J. Bellefontaine, Esq., 
JD'61, of Peabody on April 24, 

Maureen Donnellan Buzzell 

'61 of Hingham on January 25, 

Ernest E. Chamberlain, MA'63, 
of Hopkinton on May 22, 

William R. Clifford '67 of Marsh- 
field on May 19, 2010. 

Angela Fiore Cosgrove '67 of 

Chelmsford on April 8, 2010. 

John M. Cronin Jr. '66 of Anchor- 
age, AK, on April 1, 2010. 


Stephen F. Davvber. SJ. MA'63, 
PHL'63, of Weston on April 29, 

David A. Dillon '63 of Amherst 
on June 3, 2010. 

John R. Durant, MBA'67, of 
Osterville on June 12, 2010. 

Fred F. Fitzgerald, Esq., JD'66, 
of Bethesda, MD, on March 6. 

William C. Franz '63 of West 
Brighton. NY, on December 15, 

James E. Glynn WCAS'6o of 
Mansfield on March 15, 2008. 

Ralph W. Gridley '60 of Peabody 
on June 23, 2010. 

Francis J. Hannon '68 of Belfast, 
ME, on March 17, 2010. 

Mary Ellen David Haverty, OSF, 
WCAS'63, of Newton on June 19, 

John N. Healy '60 of Dunedin, 
FL, on March 28, 2010. 

Charles A. Hughes '62 of West 
Roxbury on May 4, 2010. 

Bernadette P. Hungler, MS'61, 
PhD'85, of Needham on June 10, 

Robert O. Jenkins, MEd'61, of 
Scarborough, ME, on April 16, 

Joan M. Johnson WCAS'65 of 
Waltham on March 30, 2010. 

John J. Kelleher WCAS'69 of 
North Reading on June 21, 2010. 

Edward F. Kelley II '65, MAT'68, 
of Arlington on May 7, 2010. 

Thomas B. Kelley '64 of Nashua, 
NH, on May 21, 2010. 

Francis E. Kelly Jr. WCAS'65 of 
Quincy on May 20, 2010. 

Anne Crofoot Kuckro NC'67 of 
Wethersfield, CT, on March 20, 

Howard J. Landers Jr. '61 of Jupi- 
ter, FL, on October 31, 2010. 

Francis J. Larkin, Esq., '61 of 
Belmont on May 10, 2010. 

Robert E. Long, MEd'64, of Hart- 
ford, CT, on April 27, 2010. 

Anthony J. Lugris '69 of Post 
Falls, ID, on February 26, 2010. 

Henry Lyons, Esq. '66 of Fair- 
field, CT, on May 6, 2010. 

Diane (Walsh) MacNeil '64, 
MS'68, of Belmont on June n, 

Peter J. McGrath '63 of Billerica 
on April 19, 2010. 

Edward M. McManus '68 of 

Natick on April 20, 2010. 

Robert F. Menard '64 of Palm 
Coast, FL, on April 17, 2010. 

Kenneth C. Murphy, MSW'61, of 
New Cumberland, PA, on May 6, 

John B. O'Connell, MEd'69, of 
Mashpee on March 29, 2010. 

Edward G. O'Connor '69 of Palm 
Bay, FL, on October 7, 2009. 

Burt G. Parcels, EdD'67, of Cen- 
terville on April 24. 2010. 

Edward C. Poulin, SM, MEd'6o, 
of Windham, CT, on April 15, 

Bernard F. Powell, MEd'63, of 
Braintree, formerly of Palm City, 
FL, on May 25, 2010. 

Miriam M. Rouhow WCAS'66 of 
Bourne, on May 26, 2010. 

Conrad J. Rybicki, Esq. '69, 
JD'72,of Northport, NY, on 
March 5, 2010. 

Chester Suchecki '61 of Clemen- 
ton, NJ, on April 17, 2010. 

Edward A. Wlodarczyk '60 of 

Westborough on May 8, 2010. 


John H. Brennan '71 of Milton on 
May 30, 2010. 

Terence M. Brosnan '75 of Hop- 
kinton on June 14, 2010. 

Robert K. Cannon WCAS'74 of 
Squantum on April 16, 2010. 

William J. Caron, Esq., JD'70, of 
Jacksonville, FL, on March 21, 

Theodore J. Chamberlain, MEd'71, 
of Beverly on May 22, 2010. 

Thomas C. Federico, Esq., '79 of 
Acton on June 28, 2010. 

James M. Hayes, Esq., '71, JD'75, 
of Boston on June 24, 2009. 

Jane Boyden Kropp, MEd'78, 
of Huntington Beach, CA, on 
March 21, 2010. 

Charles J. Kuruc '72 of Liver- 
more, CA, on April 8, 2010. 

John P. McSweeney '73 of West 
Danville, VT, on April 15, 2010. 

Angela Mulligan, DC, MA'70, of 

Albany, NY, on March 29, 2010. 

James Blaine Murphy WCAS'75 
of Needham on April 17, 2010. 

Audrey Catherine Olson, MS'78, 
of Wakefield, RI, on June 9, 2010. 

Richard W. Paine, PhD'72, of 
Cambridge on April 21, 2010. 

Nancy (Colonna) Philiphose '78 

of Limington, ME, on June 8, 

Ann Hyde Poliseno '72 of Brock- 
ton on May 14, 2010. 

Daniel J. Reardon '72 of Pallas- 
green, Ireland, formerly of Read- 
ing, PA, on April 23, 2010. 

Joyce Chandler Reels '76 of 

Mystic, CT, on June 25, 2010. 

Paul A. Ricciardi '75 of Holden on 
April 18, 2010. 

Harvey R. Shore '71 of Randolph 
on April 11, 2010. 

Janet H. Simon '75 of Dartmouth 
on April 12, 2010. 

Susan Michele (Gibba) Squires 

'78 of Caldwell, NJ, on March 10, 

Brendan J. Sullivan '73 of Big 

Sur, CA, on April 19, 2010. 

Michael C. Troop '76 of Ramsey, 
NJ, on May 17, 2010. 

Eric Carl Westerberg, MBA'78, of 
Topsfield on June 19, 2010. 

Kathleen R. Winn '72 of Wareham 
on April 27, 2010. 

Donald F. Zak '71 of Cheshire, 
CT, on May 13, 2010. 


Christine Byrne '86 of Hudson 
on April 6, 2010. 

Susan (Sullivan) Gates '81 of 

Cazenovia, NY, on May 18, 2010. 

Maurice Hope-Thompson, Esq., 
JD'8o, of Houston, TX, on January 
4, 2010. 

Katherine McElaney, MDiv'8o, of 
Douglas on May 3, 2010. 

Ellen O'Connell Sutherland '83 of 

Sudbury on April 21, 2010. 

Kevin J. Verfaille '8i of Redondo 
Beach, CA, on April 30, 2010. 

Christopher W. White '85 of West 
Grove, PA, on April 21, 2010. 


Arlene Gensler, MTS'90, of Fort 
Collins, CO, on January 10, 2010. 

Stephanie A. Martin '90 of 

Waltham on April 3, 2010. 

Janet Milley, Esq., JD'94, of Sandy 
Point, ME, on April 28, 2010. 

Eileen A. O'Neil, PhD'91, of 
Brewster on May 24, 2010. 

Joanne Marandos Weltman, 

MA'95, of Holliston on May 14, 


Katherine M. Anderson, MS 03, 

of Waltham on May 28, 2010. 


Joseph F.X. Flanagan, SJ, of 
Chestnut Hill, professor of 
philosophy since 1963, on 
May 14, 2010, at age 84. He 
is survived by his brothers 
Newman, James, and Kevin, 
and his sister Rosemary Cronin. 

William W. Meissner, SJ, 
of Chestnut Hill, University 
Professor of Psychoanalysis 
since 1987, on April 16, 2010, 
at age 79. He is survived by 
his sister Gretchen. 

Victor Nurse, of Boston, 
custodian since 1981, on May 5, 
2010, at age 64. He is survived 
by his wife, Erlene; sons Junior 
and Tony; daughter Margaret; 
stepsons Robert, Ricardo, and 
Peter; and stepdaughters 
Yvette and Jocelyn. 

Serge Torchon, of Winchester, 
custodian since 1972, on 
April 25, 2010, at age 62. 
He is survived by his wife, 
Ernante, and daughters 
Fabrice and Fabiola. 

The obituary section is compiled 
from national listings and notices 
from family members andfiiends 
of alumni. Tlie section includes only 
the deaths reported to us since the 
previous issue of Boston College 
Magazine. Please send information 
to: Office of University Advancement, 
More Hall 220, 140 Commonwealth 
Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 





More than 700 alumni 
volunteers gave their 
time and talent to Reunion 
Weekend 2010 — ensuring that 
this year's festivities were the 
largest attended on record with 
nearly 5,400 graduates and 
guests returning to the Heights. 

In fact, Boston College re- 
unions are ranked among the 
top five in alumni participation 
nationwide, and June's three-day 
celebration featured class parties 
for 12 graduation years as well as 
more than 20 other events held 
on and off campus. 

This success speaks to the 
pride BC alumni feel in their alma 
mater — a connection that leads 
many to volunteer year-round. 
In fact, 80 percent of those 
who assist with reunion keep 
giving back to the University, 
strengthening the Light the World 
campaign initiative to double 
the number of alumni who 
enrich BC through their service. 

"I received so much from 
BC, and volunteering is a fun 
and rewarding way to show 
my appreciation," says Mary 
Bevelock '85, who contributed 
to two prior reunions before 
joining her 25th Reunion 
Committee. "My best friends 
are BC friends, and volunteering 
also gives me the chance to 
keep in touch with them and 
to meet new alumni friends 
as well." 

As a committee member, 
Bevelock and more than 
60 classmates planned their 
class party and also helped 
raise funds for a reunion gift 
that will support undergraduate 
financial aid and other key 
University priorities. 

"Assisting with reunion is an 
excellent way to be introduced 
to the BC volunteer experience," 
she says. "But you don't have 
to wait until your reunion to get 
involved with BC." 


» Alumni volunteers play an important role in the Light 
the World campaign by enriching the Boston College 
experience for current students and fellow graduates alike. 

» Volunteering is an easy and enjoyable way to reconnect 

with old BC friends and to meet new ones. 

» Opportunities abound: alumni chapters, class activities, 
alumni committees, affinity groups, spirituality and service 
events, alumni education programming, career services, 
and much more. 

Get involved at 

Alumni volunteers create connections among fellow graduates — at 
reunion and throughout the year — and strengthen the BC experience 
of current students. 

Along with nearly 675 other 
alumnae, Bevelock serves on 
the Council for Women of Boston 
College, one of the growing 
number of affinity groups that 
graduates can join, such as the 
Arts, Energy and Environment, 
and Communication alumni 
networks. She also advises 
current accounting students on 
their career paths and partici- 
pates in the BC Connections 
program, providing one-on-one 
mentoring to a female student 
over two and a half years. 

Hugh O'Kane '00, who served 
as gifts co-chair of his 10th 
Reunion Committee, is another 
graduate who sees many 
opportunities for alumni to 
stay engaged. 

"No matter where your 
talents and interests lie, there 
are BC alumni programs and 
events that are right for you," 
says O'Kane, who was a 

founding member of the 
Maroon & GOLD Executive 
Committee. "I helped organize 
events that kept graduates of the 
last decade connected after 
graduation, but there are ways 
to volunteer for your alumni 
chapter too, enriching your 
local BC community by par- 
ticipating in any number of 
programs from athletics to 

He views volunteering as a 
natural extension of the "ever 
to excel" spirit that distin- 
guishes the Heights. 

"As Boston College 
grows in reputation," says 
O'Kane, "you want to leave 
the University in a better 
place than where you found 
it. Engaging in volunteer 
service will help BC continue 
to flourish and to provide the 
best possible experience for 
both students and alumni." 




Boston College will in- 
crease need-based under- 
graduate financial aid by $5.5 
million, or seven percent, for 
the 2010-11 academic year. This 
growth, which brings the total of 
such aid to $79.3 million, reflects 
the University's long-standing 
commitment to the education 
of talented students regardless 
of their financial means. 

This is the second consecutive 
year that BC has raised the 
student aid budget by seven 
percent or more, demonstrating 
the positive — and immediate — 
impact that the Light the World 
campaign has had on the Heights. 

"Since its founding, BC 
has taken seriously its Jesuit, 

Catholic mission to be there 
for students in need," says 
campaign co-chair Charles I. 
Clough, Jr. '64, P'87. '93, '98, 
"and, today, seven in 10 Boston 
College undergraduates receive 
some form of financial assis- 
tance. This is why increasing 
aid is a key priority of Light the 
World, and campaign donors 
play an important role in ensur- 
ing that students of all econom- 
ic backgrounds benefit from a 
BC education." 

Because the University 
raised tuition by only 3.2 
percent for the coming academic 
year — one of the lowest increases 
in decades — ongoing support 
is crucial if BC is to remain one 

of only 27 private universities 
in the nation that has need-blind 
admission and that meets the 
full demonstrated need of all 
accepted undergraduates. 

It is this commitment that 
enables students like London 
Mc Williams '11, a four-year 
recipient of financial aid, to 
develop their abilities in an 
academic environment that 
nurtures the whole person. 

A double major in 
psychology and film studies, 
McWilliams is a member of 
the Shaw Leadership Program 
and balances her coursework 
with other BC endeavors that 
give her a "well-rounded educa- 
tion." This summer, she pursued 

an undergraduate research 
fellowship with Fine Arts 
Professor John Michalczyk, 
serving as an editor for several 
documentary films. 

"The hands-on training 
has been incredible and has 
definitely prepared me for my 
career," says McWilliams. "And 
with my participation in Shaw 
and other BC-sponsored volun- 
teer opportunities, I've learned 
when to lead and when to fol- 
low and have seen how my 
personal experiences can inform 
my professional work. I can't 
imagine going to any other 
school and getting the same 
education — and it is all possible 
thanks to financial aid." 


Roshan Rajkumar '95 




St. Louis Park, Minnesota 


Political science and theology 


Civil trial defense attorney 


Attending any alumni event 
with fellow Eagles 

What made your time at the Heights special? 

It was the personal connections ! made by getting involved in campus 
life — participating in the University Chorale, the Class Government 
Council, the Jenks Leadership Program, and the Student Judicial Board 
as well as UGBC and Ignacio Volunteers. Through my involvement, 
I met amazing friends and faculty who mentored me on living a life 
with conviction for justice, compassion, and commitment to others. 

How do you stay involved with Boston College today? 
I'm on the leadership team of the Minnesota Chapter, helping to 
create and promote activities and events for alumni, students, and 
parents. I'm also the chapters liaison on the Alumni Association 
Board of Directors — an opportunity that has given me a greater 
understanding of how BC continues to develop as a premiere Jesuit, 
Catholic institution. Both activities have helped me as an admission 

volunteer, which provides me with a terrific chance to share my BC 
experiences with prospective students in my area. 

Why should alumni consider volunteering for BC? 
I grew intellectually and spiritually at the Heights and felt deeply con- 
nected to the Jesuit goal of being "men and women for others." I still 
embrace this objective — really, this calling — and believe that being an 
Eagle means continuing to serve others after leaving BC. The Light the 
World campaign, with its goal to increase alumni engagement, gives 
me — and all alumni — a chance to reconnect with our alma mater and 
to support the BC alumni community worldwide. 


Im El 


By David Reich 

Young Madison's handwritten law notes 


oston College law professor Mary Sarah Bilder was deep 
into research on how many lawyers attended the 1787 
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia when she paused to 
consider: What about James Madison? Bilder knew that Madison 
(1751-1836) had embarked on independent legal study after 
attending Princeton, while in his early twenties, and then again in 
his mid-thirties in the years before going to Philadelphia. But the 
Virginian never tried a case — and didn't seek admittance to the 
bar. He was not quite a lawyer, yet he 
had as much legal education as some 
who were. 

Consulting the work of Madison's 
first biographer, William C. Rives, 
Bilder came upon an intriguing ref- 
erence. Rives, who knew Madison, 
mentioned a set of handwritten notes 
Madison made while studying William 
Salkeld's Reports, a book of summaries 
of important cases in English common 
law, originally published in 1717. Rives 
had received a letter from a Virginia 
lawyer named Inman Horner who had 
studied Madison's notes and reported 
them to be worth saving, as "a memorial 
of industry, patience and clear, strong 
and discriminating mind." Horner's let- 
ter quoted directly from the notes. 

So Bilder decided to take a look. 
But when she consulted an index of 
Madison's papers at the Library of 
Congress, she discovered an entry for 
the notebook on Salkeld accompanied 
by the notation "not found." Hoping 
that "the advent of electronic archival resources" would help her 
unearth the lost manuscript, Bilder says, she cast a wider net. 

The only notes on Salkeld she could find were a set attributed 
to Thomas Jefferson. While reading that sewn-together "com- 
monplace book" at the Library of Congress, she found some famil- 
iar-sounding passages. "Wait!" she recalls thinking. "I've read that 
before.'" In fact, she had read the passages in Horner's letter to 
Rives. Had she stumbled on the long-lost Madison notes? There 
followed extensive consultation with Madison scholars, archivists, 
and experts on colonial handwriting. The deeper Bilder dug, the 
stronger her case became. She lays out the evidence that the notes 
are Madison's in the May issue of Law and History Review, in an 
article entitled "James Madison, Law Student and Demi-Lawyer." 

what people think you get to do as a historian, but you usually 

Bilder found "significant differences in handwriting" when 
comparing notebooks known to be Jefferson's with the Madison 
notes. Further, she learned that Jefferson had also studied Salkeld's 
Reports, and had included his notes in two other legal common- 
place books. A third version — a quite different one — by Jefferson 
seemed unlikely. Also telling is the fact that cases appearing early 

in the Reports are summarized at some 
length, whereas cases toward the end 
of the Reports are summarized in few 
words or skipped altogether. "That's a 
part of Madison I'm totally sympathetic 
with," Bilder says. "It was typical of him. 
He wrote most of the early Federalist 
Papers, and Hamilton wrote most of the 
later parts. Madison got bored. He was 
always like this." By the end, "Madison 
had resorted to squishing words to 
avoid starting a new page." 

Judging from Madison's letters to 
friends about his legal studies, Bilder 
traces the Salkeld notes to the years 
Madison spent at his family's planta- 
tion in the mid- 1780s. This was a peri- 
od of study that prepared him for the 
Constitutional Convention. Madison 
summarized the 702 pages of Salkeld in 
"thirty-nine pages plus two lines," she 
writes, digesting 430 cases and omitting 
many others. 

Horner's praise notwithstanding, 
the notes "appear to contain little origi- 
nal or intellectual content," says Bilder. They do reveal one striking 
characteristic, however: Madison focused on "cases where words 
were not taken according to their strict meaning," Bilder writes: 
"What problems arose from the uncertainty of words? How did 
one interpret words in statutes?" The man who became one of 
the most important figures in constitutional interpretation is 
recognizable here, Bilder concludes. "Repeatedly the notes reveal 
Madison's fascination with these problems of language." 

During her study of the notes on Salkeld, Bilder caught the 
Madison bug. She's now writing a book for Harvard University 
Press based on another set of Madison jottings, his notes on the 
Constitutional Convention. 

Playing the historical detective was "great fun," she says. "It's David Reich is a writer in the Boston area. 

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SUMMER 2010 

illustration: Chris Sharp 

Works 6 

Sullivan, at the Institute for the Study of War 


By Bruce Falconer 

War historian 

Marisa Cochrane Sullivan '07 

"Googled," a collection of Sullivan's 
writings and video briefings, can be 
found at Full Story, 

Shortly after graduation, international 
studies major Marisa Cochrane Sullivan 
was hired as a research coordinator for 
the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), 
a conservative think tank in Washington, 
D.C., that examines military operations. 
She was its first full-time employee, and 
she spent her days sifting through open- 
source intelligence on Iraq and translating 
Pentagon jargon for the institute's white 
papers and fact sheets. 

In January 2009, with the help of her 
boss, a former West Point professor, 
Sullivan secured a three-month rotation 
as the command historian for the Multi- 
National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), the U.S.-led 
military operation based in Baghdad. 
Normally, the post goes to an officer, and 
extends to a year, but a last-minute drop- 
out created the opening. Sullivan was 23. 
The Status of Forces Agreement, setting 
the timetable for U.S. withdrawal, had 
gone into effect weeks before. Provincial 
elections were days away. She was respon- 
sible for compiling the official record of 
the period by attending classified meetings, 
talking with virtually any military person 
she wanted, and reviewing reams of pri- 
mary source material. "At first I had to 
kind of fake the confidence a bit," she says, 
"because there was a lot of skepticism." 

Sullivan lived at the military's Victory 
Base Complex adjacent to Baghdad 
airport, sharing a room in a trailer with 
another civilian. Six days a week she was 
at work by 7 a.m. in an office at Al-Faw 
Palace, the headquarters of the MNF-I 
(once a palace of Saddam Hussein's), 
reading and examining photos. After 
attending MNF-I Commanding General 
Ray Odierno's classified morning meet- 
ing, she usually hitched a ride with a 
convoy, in body armor and helmet, seven 
miles to the Green Zone, center of gov- 
ernment and diplomacy, to conduct more 
interviews. Her workday ended around 
10 p.m. Socializing was largely restricted 
to Friday night movies with members of 
Odierno's staff, watching DVDs on the 
large-screen television in "General O's" 
conference room. 

Before departing, Sullivan synthesized 
her three months worth of material into 
a 40-page narrative that forms a chapter 
in the official, classified history of U.S. 
involvement in Iraq. She is now the ISW's 
research manager, overseeing a team of 
four analysts in the production of briefing 
materials on U.S. military operations in 
Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Bruce Falconer is a Washington, D.C., writer. 

photograph: Mark Finkenstaedt 








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President William P. Leahy, Sj, with members of the 5th Reunion Committee dur 
ing Reunion Weekend 2010, held June 4-6. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert 

Something special happens when alumni help to plan 

Reunion Weekend. They stay engaged in the life of 
University, joining the nearly 3,500 graduates who vol 
teer on behalf of Boston College throughout the year. 

They discover that giving back is a great way to em 
their alma mater. And it's a lot of fun too. 

But you don't have to wait for reunion. There are 
always opportunities to make an alumni connection, no 
matter where you live. Get involved today.